9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel planner

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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip maker.

Saint Louis to Estes Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saint Louis in September, expect little chillier with lows of 50°F in Estes Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 3 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. When in Glenwood Springs, make a side trip to see The John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen, approximately Aspen away. Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

You can plan Glenwood Springs trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Fly from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in September, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (59°F), and nights are little chillier (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Glenwood Springs to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Denver tour planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.