5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Castle Rock
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cripple Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Madison

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Castle Rock

Castle Rock
Castle Rock is an affluent home rule municipality that is the county seat of Douglas County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): trek along Gateway Mesa Open Space Park and then explore by horseback at Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Castle Rock day trip planning site .

Madison to Castle Rock is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Castle Rock is minus 1 hour. In May, Castle Rock is slightly colder than Madison - with highs of 60°F and lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Castle Rock

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 5th (Sun), stroll through Garden of the Gods, identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs itinerary planning website .

Getting from Castle Rock to Colorado Springs by car takes about an hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Castle Rock in May; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 68°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): trek along Vindicator Valley Trail, admire all the interesting features of Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cripple Creek online vacation planner .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Cripple Creek, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Vindicator Valley Trail, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista attractions planner.

You can drive from Cripple Creek to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Cripple Creek in May, things will get a bit cooler in Buena Vista: highs are around 62°F and lows about 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
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River Rafting & Tubing
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Buena Vista to Estes Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in May; daily highs in Estes Park reach 70°F and lows reach 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Many Parks Curve Overlook
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Photography Tours
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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