8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Boulder
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  1​h
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palmer Park and North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop. Visiting Cheyenne Mountain State Park and The Broadmoor Seven Falls will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: hike along Pike's Peak - America's Mountain and stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs driving holiday planner.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park
Cheyenne Mountain State Park ©
Cheyenne Mountain State Park

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 (Tue): walk around Colorado Chautauqua: Park and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Flagstaff Mountain.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Boulder trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Boulder in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August in Boulder, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Nature
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Flagstaff Mountain ©
Flagstaff Mountain
Colorado Chautauqua: Park ©
Colorado Chautauqua: Park

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Beach at Grand Lake and Cache La Poudre River. Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake & Holzwarth Historic Site).

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Boulder to Estes Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, The Beach at Grand Lake, Cache La Poudre River
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Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

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