8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation planner
Make it your trip
— 1 night
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Washington


Durango — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Soaring Tree Top Adventures. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at Soaring Tree Top Adventures and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner.

Washington to Durango is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in June, plan for little chillier nights in Durango, with lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Buena Vista — 1 night

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online trip builder.

Getting from Durango to Buena Vista by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Durango in June, you will find days in Buena Vista are slightly colder (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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.
Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Skyline Drive) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online trip planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly to Estes Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums
Side Trips

Estes Park — 2 nights

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 16th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Estes Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. You will leave for home on the 17th (Thu).
Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums · Nature
Side Trip

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.