8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey planner

Make it your trip
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Drive to Eppley Airfield, Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Estes Park
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Drive to Eagle County Regional Airport, Fly to Eppley Airfield, Drive to Marysville

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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), get a dose of the wild on Estes Park Guided Tours, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park, then stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park road trip planning site.

Marysville to Estes Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Marysville in August since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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 5th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then stop by Eagle Plume Trading Post, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, and finally explore the activities along Bear Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see photos and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

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 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Denver

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Denver journey planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Denver sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip tool.

You can drive from Denver to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Denver in August, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 64°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Adventure

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.