9 days in North Platte, Colorado & Lincoln Itinerary

9 days in North Platte, Colorado & Lincoln Itinerary

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North Platte
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Boulder
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Lincoln
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North Platte

— 1 night
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our North Platte trip planner.

North Mankato to North Platte is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from North Mankato in August: highs in North Platte hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 59°F. On the 8th (Sun), you're off to Estes Park.

Things to do in North Platte

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Estes Park

— 4 nights
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've added Tiny Town Miniature Golf, Bierstadt Lake, Mills Lake, and other attractions to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake & Trail Ridge Road) and Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark). There's lots more to do: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, go for a walk through Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park, and view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Estes Park online attractions planner.

You can drive from North Platte to Estes Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. August in Estes Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for Boulder.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Boulder

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pearl Street Mall. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Boulder tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Boulder in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Boulder can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Shopping
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Battlefield Colorado, Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Amp'd Adventures. On the 12th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then visit Old Colorado City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): stroll around Garden of the Gods, then pedal to the sights with Amp'd Adventures, then cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Boulder to Colorado Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lincoln.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Lincoln

— 1 night
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lincoln road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Lincoln takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Colorado Springs to Lincoln due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lincoln, with lows of 64°F. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.