8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Pueblo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Denver
— 3 nights
End: Denver

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner .

Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Expect little chillier evenings in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve when traveling from Denver in September, with lows around 39°F. You'll set off for Mesa Verde National Park on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Trails Outdoors

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mesa Verde Colorado as well as Four Corners Monument. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): make a trip to Four Corners Monument and then get insight into ancient worlds with Mesa Verde Colorado.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 45°F. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pueblo.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Tours

Side Trip

Four Corners Monument
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Mesa Verde Tour Experience ©
Mesa Verde Tour Experience
Four Corners Monument ©
Four Corners Monument

1
night
Pueblo

Pueblo ©
Pueblo is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Pueblo County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Royal Gorge Bridge and Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take a memorable ride with Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Pueblo trip builder .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pueblo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Pueblo, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pueblo

Parks Transportation Nature

Side Trip

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Seven Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs sightseeing planner .

Getting from Pueblo to Colorado Springs by car takes about an hour. When traveling from Pueblo in September, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. On the 6th (Thu), you're off toDenver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
The Broadmoor Seven Falls ©
The Broadmoor Seven Falls

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station. On your second day here, get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Denver day trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pearl Street Mall
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©

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