8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Eagle County Regional Airport, Drive to Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Beaver Creek
— 2 nights
Estes Park
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Destin-Ft Walton Beach Airport


Glenwood Springs

— 1 day
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 19th (Sat), test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Valparaiso to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Valparaiso to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Valparaiso in December, things will get cooler in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 26°F and lows about 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Beaver Creek.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Highlights from your trip

Beaver Creek

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Peak 9, make a trip to Main Street, and then stroll around Carter Park. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beaver Creek Chapel, fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Frisco Adventure Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Beaver Creek route maker site.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Beaver Creek takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Beaver Creek: temperatures range from 35°F by day to 11°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Beaver Creek

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 1 night
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 22nd (Tue), see Off-Road Tours, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Beaver Creek to Estes Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Beaver Creek in December, expect Estes Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 46°F and 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Wildlife


— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Downtown Aquarium.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Denver driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Denver, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 19°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
On the 25th (Fri), find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

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.