8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado visit planner
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— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Estes Park
— 3 nights


Denver — 2 nights

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 22nd (Sun): walk around Clear Creek Whitewater Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Morrison Natural History Museum and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Falcon Castle Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver tour itinerary builder.

Chicago to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Denver. Traveling from Chicago in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vail.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure
Side Trips

Vail — 2 nights

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour, then trek along Beaver Lake Trail, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beaver Creek Chapel.

Make your Vail itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Denver to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Denver in August: highs in Vail hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.
Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip

Estes Park — 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mountain Blown Glass and Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum. Head to Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventuresfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Estes Park Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Kruger Rock, and stroll around Estes Valley Dog Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vail to Estes Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Vail in August, plan for much hotter days in Estes Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Colorado travel guide

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.