6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Drive:  13​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Saint Louis

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Saint Louis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Colorado Springs. Expect slightly colder evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Saint Louis in July, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Shopping

Side Trip

Garden of the Gods Trading Post
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Garden of the Gods Trading Post ©
Garden of the Gods Trading Post

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.
On the 18th (Thu), get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Coors Field, get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planning tool .

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping
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Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Estes Park, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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