8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Fly
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), stroll through Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. On your second day here, stroll around Garden of the Gods, then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs route maker site.

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Chicago in May, with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

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.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 26th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally make a trip to Far View Sites. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Step House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Denver in May, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Durango

— 1 night
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 28th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Durango trip maker.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In May in Durango, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wineries

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 29th (Sat): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs holiday maker site.

Getting from Durango to Glenwood Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Durango in May: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

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.