5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

1
night
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 8th (Mon), stroll around Garden of the Gods and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then see the interesting displays at Lester L. Williams Fire Museum, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs day trip planning app .

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. In July, Colorado Springs is little chillier than Houston - with highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Bear Necessities & Cubs.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park online tour planner .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Estes Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Denver sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

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

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