8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Toronto

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nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Head to 16th Street Mall and Pearl Street Mallfor plenty of shopping. Denver Art Museum and History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Denver with an excursion to Southlands in Aurora--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, stroll through Denver Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip planning app .

Toronto, Canada to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Denver due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Toronto in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Denver, with highs around 7°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Southlands, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs tour itinerary maker site .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
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 21st (Fri): look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Estes Park sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wild Basin Area
Highlights from your plan
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area
Earthwood Artisans ©
Earthwood Artisans

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 22nd (Sat), trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs vacation planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Estes Park in December, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from -3°C by day to -11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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 23rd (Sun), explore the ancient world of Long House, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning website .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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