8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Harlingen
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Harlingen

1
night
Denver

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 6th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Denver trip maker .

Harlingen to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Harlingen in June, you will find days in Denver are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are cooler (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Estes Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs tour builder site .

You can drive from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Estes Park in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (66°F), and nights are a bit cooler (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Tours
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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Thu), walk around Buena Vista River Park, see Off-Road Tours, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista road trip website .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Colorado Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Keep things going the next day: deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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