11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
2
Denver
— 3 nights
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
5
Vail
— 2 nights

2
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs attractions planning tool.

Dayton to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dayton to Colorado Springs. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Dayton in April since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

3
nights
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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Denver attractions planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In April in Denver, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take in the exciting artwork at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Estes Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Estes Park sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Off-Road Tours
Spas
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Estes Park, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 38°F to lows of 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Parks · Outdoors
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 19th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain and then make a trip to Main Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): hit the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area and then hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail online day trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Vail in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°F in April, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Beaver Creek Ski Area, Main Street, Copper Mountain
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Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

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