8 days in Denver & Colorado Springs Itinerary

8 days in Denver & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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8 days in Denver & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Rochester

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Denver Union Station and 16th Street Mall. Get in touch with nature at Photography Tours and Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Estes Park (Images of Rocky Mountain National Park & Spas), River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver online attractions planner .

Rochester to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rochester to Denver. Traveling from Rochester in July, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Estes Park, Trail Ridge Road, River Rafting & Tubing, Dinosaur Ridge
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
River Rafting & Tubing

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 26th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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