8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey planner

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Denver
— 1 night
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Fort Collins
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Boulder
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Denver attractions planner.

Chicago to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Denver due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Chicago in June, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Shopping

Fort Collins

— 1 night
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 8th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Odell Brewing Company.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Fort Collins day trip tool.

Drive from Denver to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Fort Collins are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Breweries & Distilleries

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 9th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Fort Collins to Rocky Mountain National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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

Estes Park is just a stone's throw from Rocky Mountain National Park. In June, daytime highs in Estes Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Breweries & Distilleries

Boulder

— 1 night

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, sample the fine beverages at Redstone Meadery, then buy something for everyone on your list at Pearl Street Mall, and finally experience the excitement of Carousel of Happiness.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Boulder trip builder site.

You can drive from Estes Park to Boulder in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Outdoors · Trails · Nature · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip planner.

You can drive from Boulder to Colorado Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

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.