9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Grand Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

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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.
For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Denver driving holiday planning app .

Houston to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in May, expect nights in Denver to be colder, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping
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Tattered Cover Bookstore ©
Tattered Cover Bookstore

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery, stop by Brownfield's, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Estes Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wineries Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Brownfield's ©
Brownfield's
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

2
nights
Grand Lake

Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): gear up at Never Summer Mountain Products, then hit the slopes at Grand Lake Nordic Center, and then explore by horseback at Winding River Resort Stables. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Hallett Peak and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grand Lake trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Estes Park to Grand Lake in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Estes Park in May, things will get colder in Grand Lake: highs are around 33°F and lows about 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hallett Peak
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Spas
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Winding River Resort Stables ©
Winding River Resort Stables

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, then trek along Seven Bridges Trail, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

Make your Colorado Springs itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Grand Lake to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Lake in June, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Garden of the Gods Trading Post, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Seven Bridges Trail ©
Seven Bridges Trail

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nights
Denver

Denver ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): glide through natural beauty at Cherry Creek State Park, explore the striking landscape at Roxborough State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park. On the next day, explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Denver vacation planning site .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Crown Hill Park, Cherry Creek State Park, Roxborough State Park
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Spas

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