5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dayton
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
End: Dayton

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Denver

Denver ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo and then take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Denver travel itinerary planner.

Dayton to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dayton to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dayton in November, Denver is a bit cooler at night with lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): cruise along Trail Ridge Road, see Off-Road Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park travel planning website .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

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nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
On the 30th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs vacation maker .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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