8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​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 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver trip planner .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, Denver is little chillier at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Eagle Plume Trading Post, kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park online route builder .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to 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
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 24th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and then delve into the distant past at Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip app .

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Estes Park in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
night
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 26th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Tours

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

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