8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  8​h
1
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

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.
On the next day, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cortez online trip maker .

Fort Lauderdale to Cortez is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In November, Cortez is colder than Fort Lauderdale - with highs of 55°F and lows of 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then shop like a local with Two Old Crows, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Cortez to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. When traveling from Cortez in November, plan for little chillier days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Spas Nature Parks
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Spas

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Glenwood Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in November, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 23°F, while days are slightly colder, around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Spas

1
night
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback and then fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vail travel planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Vail takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Vail are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Beaver Creek Ski Area
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Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park travel route tool .

You can drive from Vail to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vail in November, you will find days in Estes Park are much hotter (57°F), and nights are about the same (27°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass

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