10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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Denver — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then see where the action happens at Coors Field. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

Cincinnati to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cincinnati to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, stroll around Garden of the Gods, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Vail.
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Vail — 1 night

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, go for a walk through Vail Pass Path, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Vail online visit planner.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Vail in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.
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Estes Park — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then look for gifts at Brownfield's. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, then take in the pleasant sights at Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park, then explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vail to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Vail in August, expect nights in Estes Park to be a bit warmer, around 56°F, while days are much hotter, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Boulder.
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Boulder — 2 nights

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 5th (Fri), walk around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, then stroll through Boulder Creek Path, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: deepen your understanding at University of Colorado at Boulder, get curious at National Center for Atmospheric Research - NCAR, then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Avery Brewing Company.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Boulder online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Estes Park to Boulder by car takes about an hour. In August in Boulder, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.
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