8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 1 night
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
3
Denver
— 2 nights
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night

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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.
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, thenstop 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-hour combination of car and flight. You can also 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 °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
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Spas
Estes Park Guided Tours ©
Estes Park Guided Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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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.
On the 5th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, thenget engrossed in the history at Eagle Plume Trading Post, thencontemplate 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 °F during the day and °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

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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, thensteep 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, thenwander 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. August in Denver sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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Glenwood Springs

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

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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