9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Minneapolis

4
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.
Let the collections at Penrose Heritage Museum and Manitou Cliff Dwellings capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Pikes Peak. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Minneapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Mountain Blown Glass, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. On the next day, engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip builder 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, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cherry Creek State Park, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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