8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + Fly + bus + subway:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), stop by McGuckin Hardware and then browse the different shops at Pearl Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then appreciate the extensive heritage of 16th Street Mall, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally stop by Tattered Cover Bookstore.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary planning site .

Washington DC to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Boulder
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Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): go for a walk through Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs vacation site .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Canon City tour planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June in Canon City, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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.
On the 8th (Fri), test the waters at a local thermal spa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Glenwood Springs vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, and bus. When traveling from Canon City in June, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

#Spas, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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