8 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

8 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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8 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Dallas

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Boulder (Pearl Street Mall & Flatirons). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary maker app .

Dallas to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Dallas to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in December, expect nights in Denver to be much colder, around 19°F, while days are little chillier, around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

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Side Trip

Boulder
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally get great views at Milner Pass. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park tour builder .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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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 18th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then walk around Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©

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