9 days in Estes Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

9 days in Estes Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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9 days in Estes Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
End: New York City

4
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 find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake) and Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, look for gifts at The Old Fashion Candy Store, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park road trip website .

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. June in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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