5 days in Rocky Mountain National Park & Manitou Springs Itinerary

5 days in Rocky Mountain National Park & Manitou Springs Itinerary

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5 days in Rocky Mountain National Park & Manitou Springs Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Manitou Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Houston

3
nights
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.
Explore Rocky Mountain National Park's surroundings by going to Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing & River Rafting & Tubing). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and take in the exciting artwork at Bear Necessities & Cubs.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner.

Houston to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Rocky Mountain National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in September, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are much colder (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Estes Park, Fort Collins
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

1
night
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Manitou Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Manitou Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September: highs in Manitou Springs hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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