8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary planner

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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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.
On the 19th (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then stop by Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs journey builder site.

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Chicago in June, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 nights

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.
Visit 16th Street Mall and Denver Union Station for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Whiskey Distillery & Cocktail Bar, and engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

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. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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 24th (Wed): cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Estes Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums · Shopping

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 26th (Fri): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

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.