9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs itinerary planner.

Buffalo to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Buffalo to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Buffalo in May, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

1
night
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): hit the slopes at Echo Mountain, then go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Idaho Springs trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Idaho Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in May, plan for colder days in Idaho Springs, with highs around 33°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors Adventure Winter Sports

Side Trip

Hidee Gold Mine
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River Rafting & Tubing
Hidee Gold Mine ©
Hidee Gold Mine
Echo Mountain ©
Echo Mountain

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook. On the next day, trot along with a tour on horseback, stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip itinerary app .

Drive from Idaho Springs to Estes Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Idaho Springs, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

2
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.
On the 26th (Tue), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans and then see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver planning app .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Denver, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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