6 days in United States Itinerary

6 days in United States Itinerary

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6 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Boulder
— Few hours
bus + taxi:  1​h
3
Estes Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
4
Grand Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Idaho Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore by horseback at Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver driving holiday tool .

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, Denver is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

few
hours
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Humane Society of Boulder Valley and then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Boulder online day trip planner .

Boulder is just a short distance from Denver. In September, daily temperatures in Boulder can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Flatirons ©
Flatirons

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

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Do a combination of bus and taxi from Boulder to Estes Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Many Parks Curve Overlook
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Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

2
nights
Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): trek along East Inlet Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Lake online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Grand Lake by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Estes Park in September, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Grand Lake: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

East Inlet Trail
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East Inlet Trail ©
East Inlet Trail
Spas

few
hours
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. On the 30th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours.

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You can drive from Grand Lake to Idaho Springs in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Idaho Springs can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Denver.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Denver

Denver
To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip website .

You can drive from Idaho Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Idaho Springs in September: highs in Denver hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 52°F. On the 1st (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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