9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
7
Denver
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Saint Louis

1
day
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.
For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary builder .

Saint Louis to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in June, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in Denver. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Ballpark Museum ©
National Ballpark Museum
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and finally stop by Rocky Mountain Gateway Gift Shop.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Estes Park visit planner .

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 27th (Thu), put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs road trip planning website .

Do a combination of car and bus from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Estes Park in June, expect Steamboat Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 78°F and 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort

few
hours
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. You'll set off for Aspen on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Independence Pass and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Aspen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Difficult Creek Trail ©
Difficult Creek Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

Plan trip to Colorado Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Aspen to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Aspen in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

few
hours
Denver

Denver ©
For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Denver route planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

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