8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route planner
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Estes Park
— 1 day
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Estes Park — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Estes Park trip itinerary planning website.

Chicago to Estes Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in July: highs in Estes Park hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then don't miss a visit to Shadow Mountain Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Denver route maker site.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel route site.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can 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. On the 22nd (Thu), view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in July, with highs in Buena Vista at 80°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.
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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.
On the 23rd (Fri), hike along Hanging Lake Trail, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly 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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