11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Morrison
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Seattle

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the activities along Lily Lake, then get in on the family fun at Estes Park Ride-A-Kart & Cascade Creek Mini-Golf, and then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, then trek along Cub Lake Trail, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner .

Seattle to Estes Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Seattle to Estes Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect nights in Estes Park to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Morrison.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

1
night
Morrison

Morrison ©
The historic Town of Morrison is a Home Rule Municipality in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Evergreen Lake, then hike along O'Fallon Park Upper Loop, and then explore and take pictures at Dinosaur Ridge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Morrison day trip website .

Drive from Estes Park to Morrison in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Morrison: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Morrison

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Evergreen Lake
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Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Evergreen Lake ©
Evergreen Lake

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 16th (Tue): engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, see the interesting displays at Forney Museum of Transportation, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, see the interesting displays at Argo Mill and Tunnel, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver travel planning tool .

Denver is just a short distance from Morrison. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Argo Mill and Tunnel ©
Argo Mill and Tunnel

2
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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 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then browse the exhibits of Peterson Air & Space Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Garden of the Gods, then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, and then steep yourself in history at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs journey planning site .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site ©
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Peterson Air & Space Museum ©
Peterson Air & Space Museum

1
night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 20th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then trek along Tunnel Drive.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City travel route site .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Scenic Drive Trails
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

2
nights
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 21st (Sun): hike along Hanging Lake Trail, then explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. On your second day here, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planning tool .

Drive from Canon City to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Canon City in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be little chillier, around 50°F, while days are cooler, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

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