8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Fruita
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Springfield

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Carbondale Public Art and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker tool .

Springfield to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Springfield in October, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Museums

Side Trip

Carbondale Public Art
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Thermal Spas
Carbondale Public Art ©
Carbondale Public Art

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then explore the stunning scenery at Colorado National Monument, and then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fruita online journey planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Fruita in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, with highs in Fruita at 67°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Downtown Grand Junction, Meadery of the Rockies, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Wed), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally shop like a local with The Studio Fine Art and Framing.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park travel route builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fruita to Estes Park. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Spas
Photography Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 11th (Fri), trek along Emerald Lake Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally get engrossed in the history at Eagle Plume Trading Post.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder .

Rocky Mountain National Park is just a stone's throw from Estes Park. In October, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Parks
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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