8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park tour planner.

Washington DC to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

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Durango

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Durango sightseeing planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Tue), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista online trip maker.

Getting from Durango to Buena Vista by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. While traveling from Durango, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): walk around Garden of the Gods and then admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs travel planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Neighborhoods

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Denver online trip maker.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In June in Denver, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

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.