16 days in Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs Itinerary

16 days in Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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16 days in Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Boulder
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: London

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Dinosaur Ridge and Christy Sports Ski and Snowboard. Do some cultural sightseeing at Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House and Molly Brown House Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: The 1879 Avery House (in Fort Collins), Aurora Reservoir (in Aurora) and Swetsville Zoo (in Timnath). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station, catch a live performance at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, stroll around Four Mile Historic Park, and take a memorable tour with Tiny Town.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver online route planner .

London, UK to Denver is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Denver, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in July: highs in Denver hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Morrison, The 1879 Avery House, Aurora Reservoir, Swetsville Zoo
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Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Swetsville Zoo ©
Swetsville Zoo

6
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wild Basin Area and CU Museum of Natural History. Explore hidden gems such as Boulder Creek Path and Mesa Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boulder: Greeley (Centennial Village Museum: Living Heritage Experience & Poudre River Trail), Lily Lake Trailhead (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and Lily Mountain Trail (in Estes Park). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Flagstaff Mountain, get outside with Christy Sports Ski and Snowboard, grab your bike and head to Valmont Bike Park, and stroll through Mount Sanitas Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Boulder road trip tool .

Boulder is very close to Denver. In July, daytime highs in Boulder are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Greeley, Rocky Mountain National Park, Devil's Backbone Open Space, Lily Mountain Trail
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:
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Flagstaff Mountain ©
Flagstaff Mountain
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area

5
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.
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and Old Colorado City are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Manitou Springs Incline and Tunnel Drive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Cripple Creek (Old Homestead House Museum & Cripple Creek), American Eagles Overlook and Historic Mine (in Victor) and Pike National Forest (in Fairplay). And it doesn't end there: hike along Palmer Park, take a memorable ride with Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and admire the masterpieces at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Boulder to Colorado Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cripple Creek, Canon City, Manitou Springs Incline, American Eagles Overlook and Historic Mine, Pike National Forest
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 5:
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Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site ©
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site

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