9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip maker

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
On the 30th (Sat), hike along Hanging Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online travel route planner.

Atlanta to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Atlanta to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in May; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach 46°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Adventure · Tours

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): see Off-Road Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Estes Park trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Estes Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, Estes Park is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Spas

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

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 4th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver visit planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

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 6th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online tour planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

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.