9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
Drive:  14​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Morrison
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: Jacksonville

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs and then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs road trip planning tool .

Jacksonville to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 15.5-hour car ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jacksonville to Steamboat Springs. Traveling from Jacksonville in July, Steamboat Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Nature Parks
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Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get great views at Forest Canyon Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in July: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 91°F and lows are around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Forest Canyon Overlook ©
Forest Canyon Overlook

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): walk around Buena Vista River Park, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 80°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stroll around Garden of the Gods, step into the grandiose world of Miramont Castle Museum, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip maker site .

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 86°F and lows about 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Morrison.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

3
nights
Morrison

Morrison ©
The historic Town of Morrison is a Home Rule Municipality in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Morrison Natural History Museum, then contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, then catch a live performance at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel at Red Rocks.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Morrison online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Morrison takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Morrison

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Evergreen, Indian Hot Springs
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Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Evergreen Lake ©
Evergreen Lake

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