8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h
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
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip builder tool .

Minneapolis to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Denver. Traveling from Minneapolis in May, Denver is little chillier at night with lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), see Off-Road Tours and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park road trip website .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can 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
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip itinerary 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 May, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be slightly colder, around 33°F, while days are much colder, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Adventure
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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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista itinerary maker 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. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, you will find days in Buena Vista are somewhat warmer (62°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

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 26th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy. On the next day, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, admire all the interesting features of Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in May, with highs in Colorado Springs at 68°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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