9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

3
nights
Estes Park

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.
For shopping fun, head to Aspen and Evergreen Gallery or Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get outdoors at Trail Ridge Road and Off-Road Tours. When in Estes Park, make a side trip to see The Beach at Grand Lake in Grand Lake, approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park holiday planner.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Estes Park is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Estes Park. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in August: highs in Estes Park hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
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Off-Road Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours

2
nights
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 5th (Wed), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip tool .

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 7th (Fri), walk around Garden of the Gods, then explore the historical opulence of Miramont Castle Museum, and then stroll through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and finally get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs road trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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