8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Buttermilk Mountain (in Aspen), Walking Mountains Science Center (in Avon) and Vail Mountain Resort (in Vail). The adventure continues: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs driving holiday tool.

Erie to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Erie to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Erie in January, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 17°F, while days are little chillier, around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Steamboat Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Winter Sports
Highlights from your trip

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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.
On the 4th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in February, with highs in Estes Park at 51°F and lows at 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Scenic Drive

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in February, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 21°F, while days are slightly colder, around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online route planner.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. February in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 21°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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.