9 days in Denver & Santa Monica Itinerary

9 days in Denver & Santa Monica Itinerary

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9 days in Denver & Santa Monica Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
2
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Detroit

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Colorado Springs (United States Air Force Academy & Garden of the Gods), Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and Spas (in Estes Park). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Denver day trip planner.

Detroit to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Denver is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Denver when traveling from Detroit in September, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Colorado Springs, River Rafting & Tubing, Spas, Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

4
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley), Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Old Mission Santa Barbara, & more) and Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, make a trip to Third Street Promenade, and get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denver to Santa Monica in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to Santa Monica due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Santa Monica. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, The Getty Villa, Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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