8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  5​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Indianapolis

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.
Get some historical perspective at 16th Street Mall and St. John's Cathedral. Denver Museum of Nature & Science and History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Boulder (Pearl Street Mall & Flatirons). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Union Station, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum, and savor the flavors at The Source.

Plan my day in Denver using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Indianapolis to Denver is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Indianapolis to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Indianapolis in April: high temperatures in Denver hover around 59°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Boulder
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16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©

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.
On the 10th (Wed), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs holiday website .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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 11th (Thu), hike along Farming Terraces, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In April in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango online visit 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. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in April, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip maker app .

Getting from Durango to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Durango in April, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 25°F, while days are much colder, around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Nature Parks

Side Trips

Redstone Castle Tours, Rifle Gap State Park
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Thermal Spas
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Redstone Castle Tours ©
Redstone Castle Tours

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