5 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

5 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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5 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: Denver
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 day
bus:  1​h
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Denver
— 1 night
End: Denver

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Confluence Park as well as Larimer Square. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Denver online tour itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Denver. In January, daytime highs in Denver are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Flatirons
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Union Station ©
Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then fly down the slopes at Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip app .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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night
Denver

Denver
For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Denver journey planning app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. On the 12th (Sat), you're off toColorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the galleries of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City Historic District ©

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Denver

Denver ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Denver day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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