8 days in Colorado Springs, Vail & Estes Park Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Springs, Vail & Estes Park Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
2
Vail
— 2 nights
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, walk around Garden of the Gods, then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and finally expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. On your second day here, whizz through the canopy at The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then stop by Old Colorado City.

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Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

2
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Explore Vail's surroundings by going to Breckenridge (Main Street & Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Sage Outdoor Adventures, whizz through the canopy at Zip Adventures of Vail, fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area, and take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vail travel planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Vail in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, you will find days in Vail are cooler (62°F), and nights are a bit cooler (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Zip Adventures of Vail, Beaver Creek Ski Area
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Sage Outdoor Adventures ©
Sage Outdoor Adventures
Zip Adventures of Vail ©
Zip Adventures of Vail
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online trip maker.

Getting from Vail to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Vail in August: highs in Estes Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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

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