9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Kalamazoo
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Kalamazoo

1
night
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 1st (Fri): see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum and then stop by Dardano's Shoes. On the next day, don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denver online trip maker.

Kalamazoo to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kalamazoo in May: high temperatures in Denver hover around 66°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Dardano's Shoes ©
Dardano's Shoes
National Ballpark Museum ©
National Ballpark Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): trek along Palmer Park, thenadmire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, thenadmire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Bridges Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Seven Bridges Trail ©
Seven Bridges Trail

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hike along Perimeter Trail, thenadmire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally hike along Cascade Falls Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ouray trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Ouray takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in May: high temperatures in Ouray hover around 55°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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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.
On the 5th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, thenview the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, thentake in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs visit planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in May, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 33°F, while days are slightly colder, around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Spas

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola, thencontemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit warmer (61°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lily Mountain Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, thenlook for gifts at Brownfield's, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip maker app.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, Estes Park is a bit warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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