9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
— 3 nights


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 29th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, then explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs travel planner.

Denver to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Denver, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.
Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Trails
Side Trip

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 31st (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in May: highs in Buena Vista hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Colorado Springs — 3 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.
Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip app.

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in May, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 68°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Denver.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Denver — 3 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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, savor the flavors at Laws Whiskey House, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

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Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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.