10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Vail
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
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Estes Park

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bear Lake, Trail Ridge Road and Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alberta Falls and Many Parks Curve Overlook. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sky Pond and Deer Mountain. There's more to do: view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner.

Newark to Estes Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Newark in August since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Fri) before leaving for Vail.

Things to do in Estes Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Vail

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vail trip maker.

Getting from Estes Park to Vail by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in August: highs in Vail hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 8th (Sat), mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista itinerary planner.

Getting from Vail to Buena Vista by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Vail, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Historic Sites

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Old Colorado City as well as Garden of the Gods. There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Denver

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 see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver online trip builder.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daytime highs in Denver are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

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.