8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary planner

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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive to Eagle, Fly to Atlanta


Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rocky Mountains and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary & Elk Mountain Expeditions). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

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Atlanta to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Atlanta to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in August, things will get colder in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 64°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Frisco.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips


— 1 night
The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): examine the collection at Barney Ford Victorian House, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, then get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Frisco visit planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Frisco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Frisco

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure

Side Trip

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 26th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, then explore the activities along Sprague Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, explore and take pictures at Old Fall River Road, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Frisco to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Frisco in August, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, around 56°F, while days are warmer, around 89°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): hike along Yampa River Core Trail, then test your problem-solving skills at The Crooked Key, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then take a pleasant ride with Del's Triangle 3 Ranch.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip builder.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 79°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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.