8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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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.
To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip builder tool.

Houston to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in August, things will get much colder in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 64°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Trails · Adventure

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see Off-Road Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Buena Vista hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and The Beach at Grand Lake. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Estes Park planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Estes Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in August, with highs in Estes Park at 89°F and lows at 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Denver

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.
On the 7th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Denver sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.