8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  7​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Durango

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 9th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango online travel route builder .

New York City to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Durango, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: highs in Durango hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

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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.
On the 11th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and finally hike along Spruce Canyon Trail.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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 12th (Tue): stop by Lantern Dancer, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park.

Make your Pagosa Springs itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in March: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Manitou Springs Incline, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Horsethief Falls, and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. On the next day, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Divide, Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain and then fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge vacation app .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in March, you will find days in Breckenridge are colder (33°F), and nights are a bit cooler (19°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Frisco Adventure Park, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain

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Glenwood Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Glenwood Springs are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort

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