8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Boulder
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 1 day
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at History Colorado Center, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary website.

Wichita to Denver is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Wichita in July; daily highs in Denver reach 87°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites

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 10th (Sat), head outdoors with Rocky Mountain Anglers, then identify plant and animal life at Humane Society of Boulder Valley, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Valmont Bike Park, and finally walk around Settler's Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Boulder trip site.

Boulder is very close to Denver. In July in Boulder, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 11th (Sun), stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally stroll through North Inlet Trail.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Breckenridge

— 1 day

Colorado's Kingdom

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): trek along Sally Barber Mine Trail, contemplate the long history of High Line Railroad Park, then head outdoors with Mountain Angler, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Sawmill Creek Trail.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Breckenridge tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Breckenridge by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect nights in Breckenridge to be slightly colder, around 49°F, while days are cooler, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, then head outdoors with Adventures Out West, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary website.

Fly from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, Glenwood Springs is slightly colder than Colorado Springs - with highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 14th (Wed), stroll through Lost Man Trail and then tee off at Aspen Golf and Tennis Club. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in a show at Aspen Music Festival and School, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Aspen hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Golf

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.