8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
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Manitou Springs
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
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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.
For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip planning website.

Asheville to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Asheville to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Asheville in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 58°F. You'll set off for Manitou Springs on the 29th (Fri).
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Manitou Springs — 3 nights

Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on Colorado Wolf Adventures, then trek along Barr Trail to Pikes Peak, then contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline, and finally get outside with Adventures Out West.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manitou Springs trip itinerary maker tool.

Manitou Springs is very close to Colorado Springs. In July, daily temperatures in Manitou Springs can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Estes Park.
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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 1st (Mon): stop by Bear Necessities & Cubs, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kruger Rock, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip builder app.

Getting from Manitou Springs to Estes Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manitou Springs in August: highs in Estes Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Tue) before leaving for Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 3 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Emerald Lake Trail and North Inlet Trail. Visiting Flattop Mountain Trail and Hallett Peak will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Calypso Cascades, and contemplate the waterfront views at Dream Lake.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park tour itinerary app.

Rocky Mountain National Park is just a stone's throw from Estes Park. In August in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.
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Denver

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 5th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Falcon Castle Trail, contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, and then browse the exhibits of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

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

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. August in Denver sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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