9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route planner

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Make it your trip
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yampa River Botanic Park and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Steamboat Gondola and Howelsen Hill Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs driving holiday planner.

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for colder nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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 29th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, find something for the whole family at Estes Park Ride-A-Kart & Cascade Creek Mini-Golf, then hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and finally hike along Cub Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park day trip tool.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. In July, Estes Park is a bit warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Glen Eyrie Castle and Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Climbing Tours will get you outdoors. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Divide and see Mueller State Park, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park.

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

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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 3rd (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then identify plant and animal life at Dinosaur Ridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Denver holiday planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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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.