6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in December, with highs in Colorado Springs at 45°F and lows at 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

4
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Winter Park Resort. Museum-lovers will appreciate Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Art Museum. Go for a jaunt from Denver to Estes Park to see Photography Tours about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planner .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Denver, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 19°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Golden, Winter Park Resort, Photography Tours
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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