8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Ocean City
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  12​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  9​h 45​min
End: Ocean 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.
On the 14th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing planner .

Ocean City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ocean City in July: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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.
On the 15th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Steamboat Ski Resort.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs tour planning tool .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort

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night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, get engrossed in the history at Eagle Plume Trading Post, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park visit planner.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around 91°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Eagle Plume Trading Post ©
Eagle Plume Trading Post

3
nights
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 18th (Thu): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. Keep things going the next day: expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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