8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yampa River Botanic Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visiting Steamboat Gondola and Yampa River Core Trail will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs travel planner.

Washington DC to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Steamboat Springs. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are slightly colder (82°F), and nights are much colder (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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 6th (Tue): stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, then hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and finally trek along Cub Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, find something for the whole family at Estes Park Ride-A-Kart & Cascade Creek Mini-Golf, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in July: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 91°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
On the 8th (Thu), soar above the sights with a balloon tour, walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park, and then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Garden of the Gods, then get to know the fascinating history of Glen Eyrie Castle, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs holiday site.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. When traveling from Estes Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Denver

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge and then take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.