9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Snowmass Village
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Appleton

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip planner .

Appleton to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Appleton to Estes Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Appleton in April, expect nights in Estes Park to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then stroll through Denver Zoo, and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Denver online road trip planner .

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in April, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are slightly colder, around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

1
night
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 24th (Wed), stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip site .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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.
On the 25th (Thu), stroll through Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip builder tool .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Colorado Springs in April, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 38°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for gifts at Snowmass Sports and then fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): hit the slopes at Aspen Highlands.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Snowmass Village trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Snowmass Village by car takes about an hour. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Snowmass Village: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Highlands
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

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