8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado visit planner
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Cañon City
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Denver
— 1 night
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Boulder
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Vail
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 1 night
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Cañon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): cruise along Skyline Drive.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cañon City trip maker app.

Kansas City to Cañon City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Cañon City can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.
Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your 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 11th (Mon): get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

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

You can drive from Cañon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Cañon City in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Denver.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Denver — 1 night

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 12th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, and then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in March, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Boulder.
Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Boulder — 1 night

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 13th (Wed), browse the different shops at Pearl Street Mall, explore the striking landscape at Flatirons, and then walk around Colorado Chautauqua: Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Boulder trip planning app.

Boulder is just a stone's throw from Denver. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): look and learn at Estes Park Memorial Observatory and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Boulder to Estes Park takes an hour. In March in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vail.
Outdoors · Tours · Childrens Museums · Museums

Vail — 1 night

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort and then stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Vail vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Vail takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in March: highs in Vail hover around 33°F, while lows dip to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs day trip planning app.

You can drive from Vail to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Glenwood Springs sees daily highs of 35°F and lows of 21°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Aspen.
Spas · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Aspen — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): hit the slopes at Aspen Highlands.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in March, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (48°F), and nights are about the same (21°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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.