8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: New York City

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.
On the 25th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online journey planner.

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista travel route planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Buena Vista hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Tue), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango road trip planner.

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 fly. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

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 29th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado. On the next day, 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 ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel route site.

You can fly from Durango to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Estes Park

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 31st (Fri): admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park day trip planning site.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In July in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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