14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Denver Union Station and Trinity United Methodist Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder), Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & River Rafting & Tubing) and Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, stroll through Dinosaur Ridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver online driving holiday planner.

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Denver. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Visit Chapel on the Rock and Holzwarth Historic Site for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Wild Basin Area & Trail Ridge Road) and The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, and examine the collection at Enos Mills Cabin Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Estes Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Colorado City and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek), River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City) and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide). The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and get a dose of the wild on Colorado Wolf Adventures.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Wed), see Off-Road Tours, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista day trip planning tool.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect Buena Vista to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Breweries & Distilleries

Glenwood Springs

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Redstone Castle Tours and Linwood Cemetery are in your itinerary. Step out of Glenwood Springs to go to Aspen and see Maroon Bells, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs tour planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

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.