8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Cincinnati

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 2nd (Sun): stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online vacation maker .

Cincinnati to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in September, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery ©
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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 4th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park travel planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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 5th (Wed): explore the galleries of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then stop by Honeyville, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Durango sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Durango are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

1
night
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 6th (Thu): see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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 8th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then pick up some local products at The Source.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Glenwood Springs to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, Denver is a bit warmer than Glenwood Springs - with highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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