7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Buena Vista
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights


Denver — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Denver sightseeing planner.

Columbus to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Columbus to Denver due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Denver when traveling from Columbus in August, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Cortez.
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Cortez — 1 night

As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): trek along Point Lookout Trail, then learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, and then stroll around Cortez Dog Park.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cortez trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Denver to Cortez in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Denver in August since evenings lows in Cortez dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.
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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 24th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista online day trip planner.

You can drive from Cortez to Buena Vista in 5 hours. In August, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Cortez - with highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge — 1 night

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 25th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Recreation Path, go for a walk through Vail Pass Path, and then take in the pleasant sights at Fairy Forest.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Breckenridge takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.
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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: Mini Incline (in Castle Rock) and Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Royal Gorge Bridge and Park). The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in August, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, around 56°F, while days are much hotter, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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.