8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
End: Sioux City

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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.
To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Durango day trip tool .

Sioux City to Durango is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux City to Durango is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sioux City in March, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 23°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, and finally hike along Farming Terraces.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park visit site .

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

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Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

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Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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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 11th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Union Station, get to know the fascinating history of 16th Street Mall, then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally pick up some local products at The Source. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Belmar, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Pearl Street Mall.

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Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March in Denver, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, Belmar
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16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online road trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Glenwood Springs by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Denver, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 21°F. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Thermal Spas
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Doc Holliday's Grave ©
Doc Holliday's Grave

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