8 days in Colorado & Moab Itinerary

8 days in Colorado & Moab Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Denver
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
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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 16th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

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

Durham to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durham to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durham in May; daily highs in Denver reach 66°F and lows reach 43°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
You've now added Pikes Peak - America's Mountain to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Crested Butte

— 1 night
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Curecanti National Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Kebler Pass and then get engrossed in the history at Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Crested Butte trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Crested Butte in 4 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in May; daily highs in Crested Butte reach 61°F and lows reach 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trip

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Moab tour planner.

Drive from Crested Butte to Moab in 5 hours. In May, Moab is somewhat warmer than Crested Butte - with highs of 76°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Moab

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Estes Park

— 1 night
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've now added Trail Ridge Road to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road and then explore the activities along Bear Lake. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Estes Park itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Moab to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Moab in May; daily highs in Estes Park reach 70°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trip

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip app.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.