9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Canon City
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights

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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.
Family-friendly places like Coors Field and Denver Botanic Gardens will thrill your kids. Step out of Denver to go to Idaho Springs and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and pick up some local products at The Source.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Denver itinerary builder.

Durham to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durham to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durham in May: high temperatures in Denver hover around 66°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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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.
On the 5th (Sun), look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. May in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online itinerary planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May, with highs in Buena Vista at 62°F and lows at 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 8th (Wed), head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Canon City itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, Canon City is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 72°F and lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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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.
On the 9th (Thu), get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, then find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and finally catch a live event at Olympic Training Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel planner.

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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