8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel planner

Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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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.
Pack the 10th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel route planning app.

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in April since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Denver

— 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Denver to Boulder to see Flatirons about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Denver Zoo, don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall, get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Denver online trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In April in Denver, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Spas · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in April, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be little chillier, around 25°F, while days are colder, around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Colorado travel guide

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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.