8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel planner

Make it your trip
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs

— 1 day
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 29th (Sat): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

Plan trip to Glenwood Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Glenwood Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Glenwood Springs to be much colder, temps between 46°F and 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Estes Park

— 1 night
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 30th (Sun), trot along with a tour on horseback and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, expect nights in Estes Park to be a bit warmer, around 43°F, while days are warmer, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours · Spas · Outdoors

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). Pack the 2nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planning app.

You can fly from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Denver

— 3 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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

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.