11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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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.
Kids will enjoy Garden of the Gods and United States Air Force Academy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Cañon City (Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip tool.

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Houston in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 83°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Denver road trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Denver sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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 9th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, get great views at Milner Pass, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and finally explore the striking landscape of Many Parks Curve Overlook. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park journey planner.

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Estes Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then take a pleasant ride with Platte Ranch Riding Stables. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from 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 reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Buena Vista takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 77°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

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 13th (Thu): hike along Hanging Lake Trail, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with Triple G Outfitters and then kick your exploration up a notch at Zip Adventures of Vail.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Buena Vista in August: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Spas

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.