9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Manitou Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Buffalo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary maker app .

Buffalo to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buffalo to Denver due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Buffalo in May since evenings lows in Denver dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, then view the masterpieces at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park online route planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip maker website .

You can drive from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and train. Expect colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in May: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, you will find days in Buena Vista are a bit warmer (62°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

1
night
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Manitou Springs online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Manitou Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Arcade Amusements, Inc ©
Arcade Amusements, Inc

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 (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): stroll through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online sightseeing planner .

Colorado Springs is just a short distance from Manitou Springs. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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