9 days in Denver, Colorado Springs & Estes Park Itinerary

9 days in Denver, Colorado Springs & Estes Park Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: North Platte
Fly:  2 h 15 min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
End: North Platte

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.
Get some cultural insight at Denver Botanic Gardens and 16th Street Mall. Visit Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum for their historical value. When in Denver, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, approximately Idaho Springs away. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, wander the streets of LoDo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

North Platte to Denver is an approximately 2.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from North Platte to Denver. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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.
Old Colorado City and Manitou Cliff Dwellings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and Off-Road Tours. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park online holiday planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Estes Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

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