5 days in Denver, Vail & Colorado Springs Itinerary

5 days in Denver, Vail & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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Denver
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Vail
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Denver
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Colorado Springs
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Denver
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Denver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Denver online tour itinerary planner.

Portland to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Denver. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
National Ballpark Museum ©
National Ballpark Museum

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Vail

Vail ©

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 16th (Wed), go for a walk through Vail Pass Path, then hike along Booth Falls Trail, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vail tour itinerary maker site.

Getting from Denver to Vail by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Denver in September, plan for colder days in Vail, with highs around 58°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path

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Denver

Denver

Mile-High City

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Vail to Denver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vail in September, expect nights in Denver to be somewhat warmer, around 52°F, while days are much hotter, around 79°F. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

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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 17th (Thu), take a stroll through Old Colorado City, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs holiday maker site.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain

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Denver

Denver ©

Mile-High City

On the 19th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Denver planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Denver

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Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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