8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boulder
1
Boulder
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Boulder

3
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boulder: Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park), Fort Collins (Annual Flower Trial Garden & River Rafting & Tubing) and Estes Park (Spas & Wellness, Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, & more). There's more to do: browse the different shops at Pearl Street Mall and sample the tasty concoctions at Avery Brewing Company.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Boulder online tour planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Boulder. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Boulder

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Estes Park, Fort Collins, Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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 11th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, steep yourself in history at Union Station, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Colorado Governor's Mansion, and finally sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

Getting from Boulder to Denver by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. September in Denver sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rocky Mountain Food Tours. On the 10th (Tue), go for a walk through Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then stroll through Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): let your taste buds guide you at Rocky Mountain Food Tours and then stop by Downtown Manitou Springs.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Tours Trails

Side Trip

Downtown Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Rocky Mountain Food Tours ©
Rocky Mountain Food Tours

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