7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado sightseeing planner

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Cañon City
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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.
On the 15th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then browse the different shops at 16th Street Mall, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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

Austin to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Denver is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Austin in August, with highs in Denver at 85°F and lows at 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at MacGregor Ranch Museum, then do sightseeing your way with Estes Park Guided Tours, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip builder tool.

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Shopping

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.
On the 20th (Thu), trek along Hanging Lake Trail, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs road trip planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Estes Park, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Parks · Tours

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. You'll set off for Cañon City on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Cañon City

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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

You can drive from Buena Vista to Cañon City in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, Cañon City is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 89°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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.