8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner
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Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo


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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Garden of the Gods and then explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline.

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Kalamazoo to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kalamazoo to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Glenwood Springs.
Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Glenwood Springs — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail.

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You can fly from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in July; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach 68°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Steamboat Springs — 2 nights

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 28th (Thu), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): trek along Yampa River Core Trail, hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and then take in the awesome beauty at Emerald Mountain.

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Drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Rocky Mountain National Park — 2 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 30th (Sat), hike along Cub Lake Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and then explore the activities along Sprague Lake.

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Getting from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in July: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 91°F and lows are around 59°F. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Colorado travel guide

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.