10 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

10 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  9 h 15 min
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
Cripple Creek
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Philadelphia


Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll around McPhelemy Park, see Off-Road Tours, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area, hit the slopes at Monarch Mountain, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nathrop trip maker tool .

Philadelphia to Nathrop is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in April, with highs in Nathrop at 55°F and lows at 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Nathrop

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Buena Vista, Salida
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Monarch Mountain ©
Monarch Mountain

Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Explore Cripple Creek's surroundings by going to Canon City (Royal Gorge Anglers & Skyline Drive), Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide) and Wilkerson Pass (in Lake George). The adventure continues: go deep underground at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, immerse yourself in nature at Mueller State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vindicator Valley Trail, and contemplate the long history of Old Homestead House Museum.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cripple Creek driving holiday site .

You can drive from Nathrop to Cripple Creek in 2 hours. In April, Cripple Creek is somewhat warmer than Nathrop - with highs of 65°F and lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Victor, Canon City, Divide, Wilkerson Pass
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine ©
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Old Homestead House Museum ©
Old Homestead House Museum

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, gain insight at United States Air Force Academy, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip planner .

Getting from Cripple Creek to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cripple Creek in April, with highs in Colorado Springs at 60°F and lows at 33°F. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy