8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Belfast
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  14​h 45​min
End: Belfast

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
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 11th (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planner .

Belfast, UK to Denver is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Belfast to Denver. Traveling from Belfast in May, you will find days in Denver are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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 12th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Pearl Street Mall, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park travel route planner .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Pearl Street Mall
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista travel planning website .

You can drive from Estes Park to Buena Vista in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Estes Park in May: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 19°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 23°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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