6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Manitou Springs
— 1 night
Grand Lake
— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Estes Park
— 2 nights


Manitou Springs — 1 night

Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Manitou Springs tour planner.

Dodge City to Manitou Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dodge City in August; daily highs in Manitou Springs reach 80°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Lake.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
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Grand Lake — 1 night

Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Lake tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manitou Springs to Grand Lake in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Manitou Springs in August, plan for cooler days in Grand Lake, with highs around 50°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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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.
Deer Mountain has been added to your itinerary.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park planning tool.

Drive from Grand Lake to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. When traveling from Grand Lake in August, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Estes Park.
Parks · Nature
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Estes Park — 2 nights

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.
For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner.

Estes Park is just a stone's throw from Rocky Mountain National Park. In August in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 56°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Colorado travel guide

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.