9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Gunnison
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Breckenridge
— 1 night
car:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Lake
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Denver

2
nights
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Garden of the Gods. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the galleries of Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): walk around Garden of the Gods, then contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline, and then examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Manitou Springs online trip maker .

Denver to Manitou Springs is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Denver in July, expect Manitou Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 82°F and 54°F. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gunnison.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Miramont Castle Museum ©
Miramont Castle Museum

2
nights
Gunnison

Gunnison ©
The City of Gunnison is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells and then take a memorable drive along Kebler Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gunnison tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Manitou Springs to Gunnison takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Manitou Springs in July since evenings lows in Gunnison dip to 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Gunnison

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Maroon Bells, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Kebler Pass
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass

1
night
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Echo Lake Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge trip planner .

You can drive from Gunnison to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Gunnison in July: highs in Breckenridge hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Nature Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Echo Lake Park
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Echo Lake Park ©
Echo Lake Park

1
night
Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Grand Lake travel planner .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Grand Lake takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Breckenridge in July; daily highs in Grand Lake reach 53°F and lows reach 39°F. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Shopping Outdoors
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Never Summer Mountain Products ©
Never Summer Mountain Products

2
nights
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.
To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park road trip planning app .

Drive from Grand Lake to Estes Park in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Grand Lake, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Pearl Street Mall
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Spas
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Horseback Riding Tours

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