5 days in United States Itinerary

5 days in United States Itinerary

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5 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

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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.
For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park sightseeing planner .

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in September since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Estes Park

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Side Trip

Lily Lake
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Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake
Purple Mountain Taffy Company ©
Purple Mountain Taffy Company

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Vail

Vail ©
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 3rd (Tue), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Vail trip maker site .

Getting from Estes Park to Vail by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in September: highs in Vail hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

Vail Valley Escape Room
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Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

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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 4th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, then have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs online tour planner .

Getting from Vail to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Vail in September: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Fun & Games Nature Parks

Side Trip

Arcade Amusements, Inc
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Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Arcade Amusements, Inc ©
Arcade Amusements, Inc

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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 5th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation planning site .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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