8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  8 h 15 min
1
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Philadelphia

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night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take a memorable drive along South Rim Road and then explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip tool.

Philadelphia to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Philadelphia in September since evenings lows in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©

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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 4th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, thenwalk around Garden of the Gods, and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): hit the slopes at Maison de Ski, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, thentake a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, and finally explore the activities along Crown Hill Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, thenget to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and then explore the striking landscape at Flatirons.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Crown Hill Park, Flatirons, Maison de Ski
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

3
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.
On the 7th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, thenview the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Photography Tours

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