9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Grand Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
End: Cedar Rapids

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post and then contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip app .

Cedar Rapids to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cedar Rapids to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cedar Rapids in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Garden of the Gods Trading Post
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2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park Historical Foundation. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, then fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Peak 9.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Breckenridge online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 42°F to lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frisco, South Park City Museum
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South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park

2
nights
Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along High Country Trails and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Grand Lake trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Grand Lake takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Grand Lake are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wild Basin Area, High Country Trails
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High Country Trails ©
High Country Trails
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area

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 7th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online visit planner .

You can drive from Grand Lake to Estes Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Lake in May, you will find days in Estes Park are much hotter (70°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (42°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

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