8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Sun), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then trek along Piedra River Trail, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs driving holiday planner.

Savannah to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Savannah to Pagosa Springs. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Savannah in November, with highs in Pagosa Springs at 49°F and lows at 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Grand Junction

— 1 night
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Tue), do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, then stop by Enstrom's, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Grand Junction trip maker website.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Grand Junction by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 10th (Wed): stroll through Sunlight Mountain Resort, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Getting from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Grand Junction in November, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 35°F and lows at 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Nature · Winter Sports

Side 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.
On the 11th (Thu), make a short side trip with Estes Park Guided Tours, then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Mountain Blown Glass, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Estes Park holiday app.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in November, you will find days in Estes Park are much hotter (57°F), and nights are about the same (27°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping · Museums · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall, then take in nature's colorful creations at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, and then stop by Chocolate Lab. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Denver road trip planning tool.

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. November in Denver sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.