7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Cañon City
— 1 night
Drive
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Vail
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the activities along Crown Hill Park, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station and then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Denver hover around 43°F and lows are around 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 1 night
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 27th (Sun): take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Estes Park are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cañon City.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping · Museums · Spas · Outdoors

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, then tour the old-fashioned way with Royal Gorge Route Railroad, then take an unforgettable tour with Royal Gorge Helitours, and finally take a memorable tour with Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours.

Make your Cañon City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Estes Park to Cañon City by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Estes Park in December since evenings lows in Cañon City dip to 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Vail

— 2 nights

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 29th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Keystone Ski Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, then take a pleasant ride with Sage Outdoor Adventures, and then relax and rejuvenate at Simply Massage.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Vail online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Cañon City to Vail takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of taxi and flight. When traveling from Cañon City in December, plan for much colder days in Vail, with highs around 25°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Adventure

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Glenwood Springs vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Vail to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°F, and evening lows to 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your 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.