9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fremont
Drive:  9​h
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 45​min
End: Fremont

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 26th (Sun): trek along Emerald Lake Trail. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Winter Park Resort.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing planner.

Fremont to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fremont to Rocky Mountain National Park. Traveling from Fremont in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Winter Park Resort, Swetsville Zoo
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Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary maker site .

Fremont to Denver is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fremont to Denver due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Fremont in May, with highs in Denver at 66°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

2
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, explore and take pictures at Petroglyph Point Hike, hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then make a trip to Park Point, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, plan for little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Majestic Dude Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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