7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sioux Falls
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
1
Boulder
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sioux Falls

1
night
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Pearl Street Mall, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Humane Society of Boulder Valley, and then get into the urban bustle at Dairy Arts Center. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of 16th Street Mall and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Boulder trip itinerary builder site .

Sioux Falls to Boulder is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Shopping Tours Adventure

Side Trips

16th Street Mall, River Rafting & Tubing
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Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
River Rafting & Tubing
Humane Society of Boulder Valley ©
Humane Society of Boulder Valley

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, stop by Earthwood Artisans, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, explore the activities along Bear Lake, and then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 1.5 hours. May in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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 22nd (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista online tour planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 62°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 23rd (Thu), get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Canon City route tool .

Getting from Buena Vista to Canon City by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Buena Vista in May, expect Canon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 72°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs online day trip planner .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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