9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Fort Collins
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Denver
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h
End: Indianapolis

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs vacation maker .

Indianapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Canon City trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. September in Canon City sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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 1st (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, then experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Canon City - with highs of 73°F and lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook

1
night
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 2nd (Tue): cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planning app .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in October: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 69°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Scenic Drive
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Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

1
night
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 3rd (Wed): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, stop by Earthwood Artisans, then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park road trip planning site .

Estes Park is just a short distance from Rocky Mountain National Park. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Spas
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Spas & Wellness
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Earthwood Artisans ©
Earthwood Artisans

1
night
Fort Collins

Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Collins tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
New Belgium Brewing ©
New Belgium Brewing
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Denver Zoo and then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Fort Collins to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Denver are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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