10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Photography Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Summit Lake Park in Idaho Springs (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Denver road trip website.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for little chillier nights in Denver, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

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 21st (Sat), explore the activities along Bear Lake, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning tool.

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

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.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and Skyline Drive (in Cañon City). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then look for gifts at Sundance and Friends, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Colorado Springs - with highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 25:

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 26th (Thu): test the waters at a local thermal spa, then view the masterpieces at Art on 8th, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Spas · Adventure
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Colorado travel guide

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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.