9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
3
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights

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.
You've now added Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to your itinerary. On the 31st (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: see a show at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Denver visit planning tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Denver. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife

Side Trip

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Trail Ridge Road, Downtown Estes Park, Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park, and other attractions. The adventure continues: cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Estes Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

3
nights
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.
You've added Hanging Lake Trail, Rifle Falls, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail and then find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

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 cooler days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Rifle Falls
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River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool ©
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

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