9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  16​h 30​min
End: Austin

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for gifts at Sioux Villa Curio and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

Start your trip to Glenwood Springs by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Austin to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Austin in July: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Thermal Spas
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Sioux Villa Curio ©
Sioux Villa Curio

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 29th (Sun), examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Canon City travel route website .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Canon City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Canon City: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake. Keep things going the next day: stop by Earthwood Artisans, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, and finally look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner .

You can drive from Canon City to Estes Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

Trail Ridge Road, The Beach at Grand Lake
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Dancing Pines Distillery ©
Dancing Pines Distillery
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then pick up some local products at The Source.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip maker tool .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
River Rafting & Tubing

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