8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Fort Collins
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

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night
Denver

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.
For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denver travel route builder app .

Charlotte to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Denver due to the time zone difference. In October, Denver is little chillier than Charlotte - with highs of 67°F and lows of 40°F. On the 31st (Thu), you'll travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
On the 31st (Thu), walk around Garden of the Gods and then trek along Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. On the next day, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In October in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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night
Fort Collins

Fort Collins
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Fort Collins trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In November in Fort Collins, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 26°F at night. You will leave for Estes Park on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Outdoors Nature

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Discover how to plan a Estes Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. November in Estes Park sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive
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Off-Road Tours
Spas
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Explore Breckenridge's surroundings by going to Buena Vista (River Rafting & Tubing & Vicksburg), Vail (Vail Mountain Resort & Vail Recreation Path) and South Park City Museum (in Fairplay). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Main Street, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, explore and take pictures at Boreas Pass Road, and take in the pleasant sights at Fairy Forest.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Breckenridge holiday planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Estes Park in November, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 34°F by day to 22°F at night. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Vail, Buena Vista, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road

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night
Denver

Denver ©
On the 5th (Tue), stroll around Crown Hill Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Denver tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in November, expect Denver to be a bit warmer, temps between 54°F and 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Crown Hill Park ©
Crown Hill Park

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