8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
On the 8th (Thu), sample the tasty concoctions at Aspen Brewing Company and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Snowmass Sports and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Aspen trip planner .

San Francisco to Aspen is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Aspen is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect nights in Aspen to be much colder, around 20°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): browse the fresh offerings at The Source, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take a stroll around Dairy Arts Center, and finally make a trip to Pearl Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then shop like a local with 16th Street Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

Getting from Aspen to Denver by combination of flight and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Aspen in November, things will get a bit warmer in Denver: highs are around 54°F and lows about 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Boulder
Highlights from your plan
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

1
night
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 (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder website .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then look for gifts at Honeyville.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Durango day trip website .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Durango by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Honeyville ©
Honeyville
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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.
On the 15th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park tour site .

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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