7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then meet the residents at Denver Zoo, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Philadelphia to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, things will get slightly colder in Denver: highs are around 66°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then stroll around Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain and then get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In May in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista visit planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in May, with highs in Buena Vista at 62°F and lows at 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake. Keep things going the next day: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs road trip planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Tours

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.