8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Boston

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver visit planner.

Boston to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Boston in June, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Denver: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

2
nights
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 16th (Sun): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Eagle Plume Trading Post, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Beach at Grand Lake, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, use the Estes Park road trip planning site .

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Estes Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas

1
day
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 18th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Estes Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
day
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then see a world frozen in time at Winfield.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista holiday site .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Buena Vista in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Buena Vista, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery

2
nights
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 20th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs road trip tool .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing
Art on 8th ©
Art on 8th

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