8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey planner

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Alamosa
— 1 night
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Montrose
— 1 night
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
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Gateway
— 2 nights
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Drive to Grand Junction Regional Airport, Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Fort Collins
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Fort Collins
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Alamosa

— 1 night
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at The San Luis Valley Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, and then sample the tasty concoctions at San Luis Valley Brewing Company.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Alamosa attractions tool.

Denver to Alamosa is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Traveling from Denver in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 25°F in Alamosa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Alamosa

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife · Parks

Montrose

— 1 night
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Montrose County Historical Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West, and then play a few rounds at Bridges Golf & Country Club.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Montrose trip planner.

You can drive from Alamosa to Montrose in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Alamosa in April since evenings lows in Montrose dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Montrose

Golf · Outdoors · Museums

Grand Junction

— 1 night
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 8th (Thu), stroll around Canyon View Park, learn about winemaking at Red Fox Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Grande River Vineyards & Winery, and finally do a tasting at Two Rivers Winery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction travel route website.

Getting from Montrose to Grand Junction by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April in Grand Junction, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gateway.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Gateway

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Fisher Towers, take a memorable drive along Scenic Byway of Highway 128, and then snap pictures at Dewey Bridge. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, then take in breathtaking views at Westwater Canyon, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Cisco Ghosttown.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gateway road trip website.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Gateway in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Gateway

Nature · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Fort Collins

— 1 night
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 11th (Sun), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Coyote Ridge Natural Area, then identify plant and animal life at Pineridge Natural Area, and finally learn insider's secrets on Beer & Bike Day Tours.

To plan Fort Collins vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gateway to Fort Collins. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Wildlife · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Kruger Rock, do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elkins Distilling Co..

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Nature · Parks · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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.