8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New Orleans

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park travel route planning tool .

New Orleans to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New Orleans in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be colder, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit cooler (80°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Shopping
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Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
Made in Colorado Shoppe ©
Made in Colorado Shoppe

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 14th (Fri): stroll through Buena Vista River Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Buena Vista takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, CaƱon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip maker tool .

Getting from Buena Vista to Canon City by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in June; daily highs in Canon City reach 89°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Manitou Springs Incline and North Pole - Santa's Workshop. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, and get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs sightseeing website .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in June, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are slightly colder, around 84°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Arcade Amusements, Inc ©
Arcade Amusements, Inc

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