8 days in Colorado & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

8 days in Colorado & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Fly
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Denver
— 1 day
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 1 day

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.
On the 24th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

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New York City to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Denver is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in October since evenings lows in Denver dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. On the 26th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bright Angel Point, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and get great views at Lookout Studio.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denver to Grand Canyon National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Denver in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 29th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

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Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. October in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Estes Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stop by Brownfield's and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

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You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. October in Estes Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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.