8 days in Denver & South Central Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Denver & South Central Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Cripple Creek
— 1 night
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Salida
— 1 night
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Denver

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, see the interesting displays at Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and finally admire the majestic nature at Cherry Creek State Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary app.

Detroit to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Detroit in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lookout Mountain, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, Colorado Wolf Adventures, and other attractions you added. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Glen Eyrie Castle and Old Colorado City. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and stroll around Garden of the Gods.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cripple Creek

— 1 night
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Devils Head Lookout has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll through Devils Head Lookout, immerse yourself in nature at Mueller State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and finally see the interesting displays at Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Cripple Creek trip planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Cripple Creek can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Salida.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Salida

— 1 night
The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Your list of things to see and do now includes Gunnison National Forest, Mineral Belt Trail, South Park City Museum, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): cruise along Spiral Drive, mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, then trek along Mineral Belt Trail, and finally take a peaceful walk through Gunnison National Forest.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Salida trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Cripple Creek to Salida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cripple Creek in June: high temperatures in Salida hover around 83°F and lows are around 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Salida

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips