9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Lakewood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Fort Collins
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Manitou Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Lakewood

Lakewood ©
The City of Lakewood is a Home Rule Municipality which is the most populous municipality in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. On the 29th (Thu), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Frontier Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lakewood online travel route planner .

New York City to Lakewood is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Lakewood. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lakewood, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Lakewood

Golf Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Hidee Gold Mine
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Fox Hollow Golf Course ©
Fox Hollow Golf Course
Hidee Gold Mine ©
Hidee Gold Mine
Great Frontier Brewing Company ©
Great Frontier Brewing Company

1
night
Fort Collins

Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Odell Brewing Company.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fort Collins holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Lakewood to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
New Belgium Brewing ©
New Belgium Brewing
Odell Brewing Company ©
Odell Brewing Company

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park travel route planning app .

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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Spas
Horseback Riding Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the activities along Bear Lake, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Rocky Mountain National Park is very close to Estes Park. September in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

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night
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manitou Springs trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Manitou Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Manitou Springs, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Garden of the Gods Trading Post ©
Garden of the Gods Trading Post

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Garden of the Gods, then stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs route builder website .

Colorado Springs is just a stone's throw from Manitou Springs. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

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