7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Ouray
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Detroit

few
hours
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 4th (Sun), stop by Purple Mountain Taffy Company.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip builder website .

Detroit to Estes Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Detroit to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Detroit in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping
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Purple Mountain Taffy Company ©
Purple Mountain Taffy Company

1
night
Denver

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 5th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Denver holiday planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Nature Parks
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Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online road trip planner .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll around Riverside Park and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Buena Vista, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 August, with highs in Buena Vista at 77°F and lows at 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Riverside Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Buena Vista in August: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip planning app .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, you will find days in Ouray are somewhat warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Girl Mine ©
Yankee Girl Mine

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