7 days in Colorado Springs, Denver & Estes Park Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Springs, Denver & Estes Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Drive to Des Moines International Airport, Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field, Drive to Wayne

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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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 16th (Sun): cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs road trip planning site.

Ames to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Ames to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Ames in May, with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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 18th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Denver are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Estes Park

— 3 nights
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.
On the 20th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 43°F at night. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trip