11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Estes Park

— 1 night
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 7th (Thu), shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park visit site.

Nashville to Estes Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Nashville to Estes Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nashville in May; daily highs in Estes Park reach 70°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Denver journey planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Denver, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 12th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs driving holiday site.

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. May in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista online journey planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in May, with highs in Buena Vista at 62°F and lows at 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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 16th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in May, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are little chillier (46°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
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.