5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
+3
Drive + bus + foot + Fly:  7​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver online trip planner .

San Francisco to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Tours Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then stop by Focus on the Family Bookstore.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary app .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 1st (Sun), walk around Riverside Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista online route maker .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in August, with highs in Buena Vista at 77°F and lows at 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Riverside Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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