8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Boulder
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel planning tool.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Boulder

— 1 night

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 1st (Tue), make a trip to Flagstaff Mountain, then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, then walk around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Avery Brewing Company.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Boulder trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Boulder by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and make a trip to 16th Street Mall.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver journey planning tool.

Denver is just a short distance from Boulder. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.