9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Milner Pass, Trail Ridge Road, &more). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park route planner.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Estes Park when traveling from New York City in August, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Canon City (Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Estes Park in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are a bit cooler (83°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 31st (Mon), see Off-Road Tours and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in August; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 77°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online trip maker.

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Spas

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.