8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Cañon City (Skyline Drive & River Rafting & Tubing). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and take an in-depth tour of U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip builder website.

Huntsville to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Huntsville in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then walk around Buena Vista River Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Harvard and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista route maker app.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in July: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 80°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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 28th (Thu), stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip planning website.

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Parks · Adventure

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango holiday planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Durango hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

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.