6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 1 night
— 1 night
Colorado Springs
— 1 night


Estes Park — 1 night

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 28th (Tue): look for gifts at Brownfield's and then sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, take an in-depth tour of Estes Park Museum, and then walk around Estes Valley Dog Park.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park attractions planner.

Chicago to Estes Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in December: highs in Estes Park hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Denver.
Tours · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Denver — 1 night

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 30th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum, stroll through Denver Botanic Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Laws Whiskey House.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Denver are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.
Museums · Shopping · Parks · Tours

Colorado Springs — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Theme Parks
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Colorado travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.