7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Canon City
— 1 night

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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.
On the 13th (Sun), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip site.

Lafayette to Estes Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lafayette to Estes Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Lafayette in December: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 46°F and lows are around 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

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Estes Park Guided Tours ©
Estes Park Guided Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours

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Denver

Denver ©

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 (Tue): get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Denver online vacation maker.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Denver

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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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Vail

Vail ©

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, take a pleasant ride with Sage Outdoor Adventures, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beaver Creek Chapel.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vail online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Denver in December, expect Vail to be slightly colder, temps between 25°F and 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Sage Outdoor Adventures ©
Sage Outdoor Adventures
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Beaver Creek Chapel ©
Beaver Creek Chapel

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Glenwood Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Glenwood Springs sees daily highs of 26°F and lows of 15°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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Canon City

Canon City ©

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, then see the world from above with Royal Gorge Helitours, and then get interesting insight from Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours.

Discover how to plan a Canon City trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Canon City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in December, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Canon City: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours ©
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours
Royal Gorge Helitours ©
Royal Gorge Helitours
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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