9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Huntsville
Fly:  4​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Golden
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Huntsville

1
night
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.
To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner .

Huntsville to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Huntsville to Denver. Traveling from Huntsville in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Denver, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Nature Parks Museums
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Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Forney Museum of Transportation ©
Forney Museum of Transportation

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alberta Falls. On the 14th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, get great views at Forest Canyon Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Climbing Tours and Battlefield Colorado. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods and look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker .

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 bit cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Golden.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Climbing Tours

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
You've now added Devil's Backbone Open Space to your itinerary. On the 18th (Thu), trek along Devil's Backbone Open Space.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Estes Park trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Golden.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Devil's Backbone Open Space
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Backbone Open Space ©
Devil's Backbone Open Space

2
nights
Golden

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
Flagstaff Mountain has been added to your itinerary. On the 18th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Flagstaff Mountain, then get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Golden travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Golden by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and tram; or fly. In July in Golden, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 61°F at night. On the 20th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Golden

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Crown Hill Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Flagstaff Mountain
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Flagstaff Mountain ©
Flagstaff Mountain
Crown Hill Park ©
Crown Hill Park

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