8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Foot + Fly + Taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park travel route planner.

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, Mesa Verde National Park is cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of World War II Aviation and Penrose Heritage Museum. Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum (in Pueblo), River Rafting & Tubing (in Canon City) and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Garden of the Gods, go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum ©
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum

3
nights
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.
Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Estes Park (Aspen and Evergreen Gallery & Photography Tours). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and explore the galleries of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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