7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado planner

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Denver
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Boulder
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 day
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
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Ouray
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Denver
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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.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum and then catch a live performance at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary site.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from New York City to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Denver is slightly colder at night with lows of 58°F. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Nightlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Boulder

— 1 night

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Boulder trip itinerary maker website.

Boulder is just a stone's throw from Denver. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

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 22nd (Sun): explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Flagstaff Mountain.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park visit planner.

Getting from Boulder to Estes Park by car takes about an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. On the 22nd (Sun), boost your wellbeing at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip builder app.

You can fly from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Estes Park, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas
Highlights from your trip
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 3 hours. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Ouray.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Yankee Girl Mine as well as Ouray Alchemist Museum. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum and then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ouray online day trip planner.

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Ouray in an hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in August, with highs in Ouray at 70°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Museums · Historic Sites

Durango

— 2 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
You've added Long House, Balcony House, Mesa Verde National Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Four Corners Monument, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mesa Verde National Park, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Durango road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in August: highs in Durango hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at High Dune Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Durango to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve when traveling from Durango in August, with lows around 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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 26th (Thu), walk around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs road trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Colorado Springs, with lows of 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Denver

Mile-High City

On the 27th (Fri), engage your brain at Western Museum of Mining and Industry.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Denver day trip planning site.

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. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.