8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Newark

1
night
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 23rd (Tue), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then meet the residents at Denver Zoo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Denver day trip planner.

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Denver is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Newark in June since evenings lows in Denver dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Estes Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Shopping
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Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

2
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.
On the 26th (Fri), get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop and then find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs visit planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in June: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 79°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

2
nights
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango online trip builder .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Durango in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 44°F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Zipline
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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