8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 day
Drive
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Aspen
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Lake
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 1 day

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Denver — 1 night

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.
To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Denver. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 1 day

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.
Manitou Springs Incline has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at The Broadmoor Seven Falls, explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, and then don't miss a visit to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs travel site.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Aspen.
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Aspen — 1 night

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maroon Bells, Aspen Mountain / Ajax and Independence Pass. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aspen Mountain / Ajax.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip maker tool.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in August, with highs in Aspen at 77°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Iron Mountain Hot Springs as well as Hanging Lake Trail. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at Iron Mountain Hot Springs.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Aspen to Glenwood Springs by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in August, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Grand Lake.
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Grand Lake — 3 nights

Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Adams Falls Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Grand Lake day trip planning app.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Lake in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August; daily highs in Grand Lake reach 50°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 1 night

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead as well as Gem Lake. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): trek along Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead and then contemplate the waterfront views at Gem Lake.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rocky Mountain National Park using our trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Lake to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Grand Lake in August, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much hotter (89°F), and nights are a bit warmer (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Denver.
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Denver — 1 day

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Denver sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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