7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Estes Park
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Bus + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Newark

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then meet the residents at Denver Zoo, and then view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Denver travel itinerary planner.

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Newark in May, things will get a bit cooler in Denver: highs are around 66°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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 19th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs day trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Wed), see Off-Road Tours, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip tool.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, Buena Vista is little chillier than Colorado Springs - with highs of 62°F and lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs driving holiday planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Adventure Tours
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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park trip itinerary site.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and car. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Spas

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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