8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Idaho Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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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 10th (Tue), take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park attractions planning website.

Chicago to Estes Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Estes Park. Traveling from Chicago in August, you will find days in Estes Park are a bit warmer (89°F), and nights are a bit cooler (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Idaho Springs

— 1 night
The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hidee Gold Mine, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Idaho Springs day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Idaho Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in August: high temperatures in Idaho Springs hover around 50°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip planning site.

You can drive from Idaho Springs to Colorado Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Idaho Springs in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are much warmer (83°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, explore the activities along Clear Creek Reservoir, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista route builder app.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around 77°F and lows about 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, make a trip to Independence Pass, and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Aspen visit planning tool.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Aspen are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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.