5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route planner

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 day
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Denver
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll around Cottonwood Creek Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip maker.

Omaha to Colorado Springs is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Omaha in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail and then explore the activities along Little Medano Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Stations of the Cross Shrine, and then admire the natural beauty at Mother Mary's Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in July since evenings lows in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Nature · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 58°F. On the 4th (Sun), you're off to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nightlife · Museums

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 day
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, and finally admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Trails

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver online itinerary planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. July in Denver sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.