6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado sightseeing planner
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Vail
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Breckenridge
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Buena Vista
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
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Craig
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Estes Park
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Boulder
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Denver
— 1 night
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Castle Rock
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Vail

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vail trip itinerary planning website.

Washington DC to Vail is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Vail due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: high temperatures in Vail hover around 62°F and lows are around 46°F. You'll set off for Breckenridge on the 16th (Tue).
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Breckenridge

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): examine the collection at Barney Ford Museum and then tee off at Breckenridge Golf Club.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge trip site.

You can drive from Vail to Breckenridge in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Breckenridge are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.
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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Buena Vista takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. On the 16th (Tue), you're off to Aspen.
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Aspen — 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Aspen Music Festival and School, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Aspen vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 46°F. On the 18th (Thu), you're off to Glenwood Springs.
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Glenwood Springs

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 18th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery and then stroll through Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online day trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Glenwood Springs in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in August, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are slightly colder, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Craig.
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Craig — 1 night

The City of Craig is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Moffat County, Colorado, United States. To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Craig road trip planning website.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Craig in 2.5 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Craig hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 46°F. You'll set off for Steamboat Springs on the 19th (Fri).
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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs planning app.

Drive from Craig to Steamboat Springs in an hour. When traveling from Craig in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wellington.
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Wellington — 1 night

Wellington is a Statutory Town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Wellington travel route site.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Wellington by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll set off for Estes Park on the 20th (Sat).
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Estes Park

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.
On the 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum and then view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park tour planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Boulder.
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Boulder

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Boulder tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Estes Park to Boulder in an hour. August in Boulder sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 20th (Sat), you'll travel to Denver.
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Denver — 1 night

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.
To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Denver online travel planner.

Denver is very close to Boulder. In August, daytime highs in Denver are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 21st (Sun), you're off to Castle Rock.
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Castle Rock

Castle Rock is an affluent home rule municipality that is the county seat of Douglas County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Rock Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Castle Rock itinerary website.

Getting from Denver to Castle Rock by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Denver in August; daily highs in Castle Rock reach 77°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.
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