9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Louisville
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Denver
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Louisville

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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.
On the 15th (Tue), engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

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Louisville to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Louisville to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Louisville in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center

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night
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 (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, thencruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Estes Park tour planner.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Estes Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Spas
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Spas
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
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 17th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, thenhike along Cub Lake Trail, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Rocky Mountain National Park is very close to Estes Park. September in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

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You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Sat), see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, thenbrush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, thenget interesting insight from Tours, thenview the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista road trip app.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September: highs in Buena Vista hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum

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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.
You've now added Garden of the Gods to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, thentake in the dramatic scenery at The Broadmoor Seven Falls, and then take a stroll through Old Colorado City. On your second day here, walk around Garden of the Gods, thenexplore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs route planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 79°F and lows of 51°F. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
The Broadmoor Seven Falls ©
The Broadmoor Seven Falls

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