8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
— 2 nights


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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park & River Rafting & Tubing). There's still lots to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs attractions planning tool.

Charlotte to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Charlotte in July, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Buena Vista.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Buena Vista — 1 night

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see Off-Road Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in July, with highs in Buena Vista at 80°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in July, plan for slightly colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Durango.
Spas · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Durango — 2 nights

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Durango travel route builder site.

You can fly from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Durango, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Colorado travel guide

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.