9 days in Colorado Springs, Denver & Glenwood Springs Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Springs, Denver & Glenwood Springs Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Springs, Denver & Glenwood Springs Itinerary

Start: Dayton
taxi + Fly:  5​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  7​h
End: Dayton

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Conference Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs itinerary maker.

Dayton to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dayton to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dayton in September, plan for little chillier nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

5
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.
Let the collections at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at 16th Street Mall and Union Station, Denver, CO. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder) and Estes Park (Images of Rocky Mountain National Park & Peak to Peak Scenic Byway). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park - Denver.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Denver sightseeing planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Estes Park, Pearl Street Mall
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

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 14th (Thu): look for gifts at Sioux Villa Curio and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs itinerary maker.

You can drive from Denver to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September, Glenwood Springs is little chillier than Denver - with highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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