8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights

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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.
For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planner.

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Glenwood Springs. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 47°F and lows at 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Cooper Corner Gallery ©
Cooper Corner Gallery

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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 (Thu), don't miss a visit to Step House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Prater Ridge Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

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

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Museums · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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.
On the 16th (Sat), stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Estes Park trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Estes Park Guided Tours ©
Estes Park Guided Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours

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Denver

Denver ©

Mile-High City

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 18th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

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

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