8 days in Colorado Springs & Empire Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Springs & Empire Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Springs & Empire Itinerary

Start: Pleasant Hill
Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  22​h 30​min
2
Empire
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
End: Pleasant Hill

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, then contemplate the long history of Rosemount Museum, and then listen to music at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip tool .

Pleasant Hill to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Pleasant Hill to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Pleasant Hill in October, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pueblo, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum ©
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum

3
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Visit Glen Haven Historical Village and S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia for their historical value. Shady Lane Cellars and St. Ambrose Cellars are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Empire: Manistee (Douglas Valley Winery & Manistee Riverwalk) and Chateau Fontaine (in Leland). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Pyramid Point Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Indian Trail, stop by The Cottage Book Shop, and take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Empire route planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Empire by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in November: highs in Empire hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Empire

Outdoors Wineries Trails

Side Trips

Manistee, Chateau Fontaine, St. Ambrose Cellars, Shady Lane Cellars, The Cottage Book Shop
Highlights from your plan
Old Indian Trail ©
Old Indian Trail
Chateau Fontaine ©
Chateau Fontaine
Manistee Riverwalk ©
Manistee Riverwalk

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