9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Moline
Fly + Drive:  6​h
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Moline

1
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 4th (Sat): explore the activities along Bear Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip website .

Moline to Estes Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Moline to Estes Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Moline in August: highs in Estes Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Milner Pass ©
Milner Pass

3
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.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs online tour planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Estes Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Canon City online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canon City, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Fri), experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista vacation website .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Canon City in August, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs day trip tool .

Getting from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Outdoors
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Doc Holliday's Grave ©
Doc Holliday's Grave

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