8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hovenweep National Monument and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spruce Tree House and Petroglyph Point Hike. It doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cortez visit app .

Charlotte to Cortez is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Charlotte, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Cortez, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Talon Winery, do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, and then explore the stunning scenery at Colorado National Monument.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Palisade driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Cortez to Palisade takes 4 hours. Traveling from Cortez in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Palisade, with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, Downtown Grand Junction
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

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 9th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Aspen Mountain / Ajax. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary and then hit the slopes at Buttermilk Mountain.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Palisade to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Palisade in April: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 38°F, while lows dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen
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Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

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