8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Denver

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Art Museum. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary planner.

Cincinnati to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Denver when traveling from Cincinnati in October, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

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Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Step House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Prater Ridge Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Park Point, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online holiday planner.

You can fly from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Estes Park in October, plan for little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas
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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.