9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey planner

Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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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 8th (Sun): stroll around Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip website.

Miami to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Miami in December, with highs in Colorado Springs at 45°F and lows at 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then see Off-Road Tours, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park holiday builder app.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 17°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo and then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

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Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. December in Denver sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Glenwood Springs

— 3 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek), Vail Mountain Resort (in Vail) and Vail Valley Escape Room (in Avon). There's much more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunlight Mountain Resort, and trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Denver to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in December, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 15°F, while days are little chillier, around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.