8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation maker

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs

— 1 day
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 23rd (Sat): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online vacation builder.

Atlanta to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Atlanta to Glenwood Springs due to the time zone difference. In April, Glenwood Springs is cooler than Atlanta - with highs of 38°F and lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Breckenridge

— 2 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then fly down the slopes at Blue River Sports, and then hit the slopes at Arapahoe Basin. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Loveland Ski Area.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip maker website.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Breckenridge are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): cruise along Ruins Road, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mesa Verde National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip builder site.

Fly from Breckenridge to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Breckenridge in April, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 29°F, while days are much hotter, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Durango

— 1 night
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.
On the 28th (Thu), trek along Animas River Trail and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Durango visit app.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. April in Durango sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can fly to Denver.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Denver journey website.

Getting from Durango to Denver by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Denver, with lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.