7 days in Vail, Colorado Springs & Denver Itinerary

7 days in Vail, Colorado Springs & Denver Itinerary

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7 days in Vail, Colorado Springs & Denver Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
1
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Vail

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.
On the 14th (Wed), have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Barney Ford Victorian House, then enjoy some diversion at Breckenridge Welcome Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at McCullough Gulch, and finally grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vail attractions planner.

New York City to Vail is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Vail is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New York City in August, with highs in Vail at 62°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Vail Valley Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room
Breckenridge Welcome Center ©
Breckenridge Welcome Center

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 17th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, then wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District, and finally get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Vail to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Vail in August, plan for much warmer days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roxborough State Park and The Wild Animal Sanctuary. Head to Molly Brown House Museum and Colorado State Capitolfor some retail therapy. Step out of Denver with an excursion to Flatirons in Boulder--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, browse the fresh offerings at The Source, and wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver trip maker site .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Flatirons, Roxborough State Park, The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

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