9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Golden
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Museum-lovers will appreciate Penrose Heritage Museum and Miramont Castle Museum. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at ANA Money Museum, catch a live event at Olympic Training Center, examine the collection at May Natural History Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip site.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 56°F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Golden.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums

Side Trip

Golden

— 3 nights

Lowell of the West

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Morrison Natural History Museum and Colorado Railroad Museum. You'll explore and learn at Littleton Museum and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum. Explore Golden's surroundings by going to Hotel de Paris Museum (in Georgetown) and Gilpin County Historical Society (in Central City). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum & Park and see the interesting displays at Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Golden online holiday planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Golden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Golden

Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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 25th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Eagle Plume Trading Post, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Beach at Grand Lake, and then examine the collection at Moraine Park Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take an in-depth tour of Estes Park Museum, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Lake Estes Marina.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Golden to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Estes Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.