8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Little Rock
Fly:  5​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Little Rock

1
night
Denver

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.
On the 25th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denver day trip planner.

Little Rock to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Little Rock to Denver due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Little Rock in August; daily highs in Denver reach 85°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cherry Creek State Park, Dinosaur Ridge
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour ©
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour

2
nights
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 27th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then play a few rounds at Estes Park Golf Course. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour, have some family-friendly fun at Tiny Town Miniature Golf, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rock Cut Brewing Company.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Golf
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Estes Park Golf Course ©
Estes Park Golf Course
Rock Cut Brewing Company ©
Rock Cut Brewing Company

few
hours
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Aspen in August, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 29th (Wed), see a show at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and then trek along Tunnel Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Mueller State Park and then steep yourself in history at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Canon City, Mueller State Park
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Mueller State Park ©
Mueller State Park
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site ©
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

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

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

#Fun & Games, #Childrens Museums, #Museums

Side Trips

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa
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Ameristar Casino Resort Spa ©
Ameristar Casino Resort Spa

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