8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night

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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.
Bring the kids along to Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and wander the streets of Old Colorado City.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip planning tool.

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in November: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Denver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Denver travel app.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums
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Art Museum
Denver Art Museum
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Estes Park

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 23rd (Mon): cruise along Trail Ridge Road, explore the activities along Bear Lake, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Estes Park trip site.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Estes Park are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Must see
Trail Ridge Road
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Must see
Off-Road Tours
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Vail

Vail ©

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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 25th (Wed): push the limits with Sage Outdoor Adventures, then fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, and then test your problem-solving skills at Frisco Escape Room.

Plan my day in Vail using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Estes Park to Vail by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in November, plan for cooler days in Vail, with highs around 34°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Horseback Riding Tour
Sage Outdoor Adventures
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Room Escape Game
Frisco Escape Room
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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs online route planner.

Traveling by car from Vail to Steamboat Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Vail in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 43°F by day to 20°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Nature · Parks · Fun & Games
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Waterfall
Fish Creek Falls
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Scavenger Hunt
The Crooked Key
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