9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Drive:  22​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  23​h
End: Seattle

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kids will enjoy Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Pack the 2nd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, make a trip to Olympic Training Center, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs online travel planner .

Seattle to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

2
nights
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 3rd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Emerald Lake Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park tour itinerary builder site .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 5th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at McPhelemy Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, with highs in Buena Vista at 80°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): cruise along Skyline Drive and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Canon City day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 90°F and lows are around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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