10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hidee Gold Mine, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip planner.

Tampa to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tampa in August; daily highs in Denver reach 85°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Sat), see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, trot along with a tour on horseback, then stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Estes Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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 17th (Mon): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in August, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Wed), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 21st (Fri), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online route planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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.