5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 day
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Denver

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Denver online travel route planner.

Dallas to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Denver. Traveling from Dallas in September, expect nights in Denver to be colder, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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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.
Head to Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Mountain Blown Glassfor some retail therapy. Visiting Trail Ridge Road and Peak to Peak Scenic Byway will get you outdoors. Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake) and East Inlet Trail (in Rocky Mountain National Park). There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park online holiday planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in September, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are cooler (59°F), and nights are a bit cooler (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

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.