8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route planner

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Make it your trip
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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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 1st (Sun), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, then explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs road trip site.

Pittsburgh to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Glenwood Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in May, things will get cooler in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 46°F and lows about 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Adventure

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see Off-Road Tours and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Durango holiday planning tool.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in May: highs in Durango hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
Highlights from your trip

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.
Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online holiday builder.

You can fly from Durango to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Colorado Springs, with lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Denver

— 2 nights

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 7th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall. On your second day here, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Denver trip builder app.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

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.