8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour itinerary maker

Make it your trip
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Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Estes Park

— 1 day
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 9th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner.

Saint Louis to Estes Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Estes Park, with lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Spas
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, then trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planning website.

Fly from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in April: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 38°F, while lows dip to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Trails · Outdoors

Colorado Springs

— 3 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 12th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's still lots to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs online trip builder.

Fly from Glenwood Springs to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Flatirons in Boulder (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station, and take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.