8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
subway + bus + Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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 28th (Tue): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs online day trip planner .

Washington DC to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach 46°F and lows reach 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

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Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
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 30th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at McPhelemy Park and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary planner .

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. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in May: highs in Buena Vista hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 31st (Fri), cruise along Skyline Drive and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in May; daily highs in Canon City reach 72°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 1st (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak and then stroll through Garden of the Gods. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
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 3rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Denver road trip planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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