8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): hike along Gateway Mesa Open Space Park, browse the different shops at Outlets at Castle Rock, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Park meadows mall.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs itinerary planner.

Austin to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in November, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be cooler, around 27°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Denver

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Dinosaur Ridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, then stop by Chocolate Lab, and finally browse the different shops at 16th Street Mall.

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Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. November in Denver sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Estes Park Guided Tours and The Beach at Grand Lake. Get outdoors at Alluvial Fan and Many Parks Curve Overlook. Venture out of the city with trips to Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder) and Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery.

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Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. November in Estes Park sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): hit the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in November, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 35°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour, then partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

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Getting from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 43°F to lows of 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Fun & Games

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.