8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Jackson
Fly:  6​h 15​min
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
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h
End: Jackson

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.
On the 15th (Mon), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver tour itinerary maker website .

Jackson to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of taxi, flight, and train. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jackson to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jackson in October, expect Denver to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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 18th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip builder site .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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 19th (Fri): trek along Farming Terraces, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, Mesa Verde National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Trimble Hot Springs, stroll through Animas River Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango online itinerary 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 October, daytime highs in Durango are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Durango Hot Springs ©
Durango Hot Springs
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

2
nights
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 21st (Sun): hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, then appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, and then steep yourself in history at Redstone Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs day trip planner.

Drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Durango in October, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are slightly colder (47°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Trails

Side Trip

Redstone Castle Tours
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Redstone Castle Tours ©
Redstone Castle Tours

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