8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Colorado Springs, Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 22nd (Sat), cruise along Old Fall River Road, then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass, and finally stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

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Chicago to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Rocky Mountain National Park. Traveling from Chicago in May, Rocky Mountain National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 24th (Mon): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs planning website.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Rim Rock Trail, then admire all the interesting features of South Rim Road, and then explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3 hours. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for much warmer days in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, with highs around 71°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online vacation maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in May, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is slightly colder at night with lows of 32°F. You'll set off for Colorado Springs on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take a stroll through Old Colorado City, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 42°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.