9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally indulge your taste buds at The Source. On the next day, shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall, steep yourself in history at Union Station, and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary tool .

Minneapolis to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Denver is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Pearl Street Mall
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
nights
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive, see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then hike along Tunnel Drive.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City travel planner.

Getting from Denver to Canon City by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In September in Canon City, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Trails Scenic Drive
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, and then admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in September, Colorado Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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