6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
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Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

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Chicago to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Denver. Traveling from Chicago in September, Denver is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway has been added to your itinerary. On the 10th (Fri), cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Estes Park online day trip planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Estes Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Red Rock Canyon Open Space as well as Garden of the Gods. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain and then walk around Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Keep things going the next day: walk around Garden of the Gods.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

Start your trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
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 14th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Rocky Mountain National Park. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows of 50°F. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip

Denver

Mile-High City

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Denver sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. You will leave for home on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.