8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  5​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Madison

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo. Get some cultural insight at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Union Station, examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary planning website .

Madison to Denver is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Denver is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Madison in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Denver, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 30th (Tue), stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, then get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planning site .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In July in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery, then trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary website .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online tour builder .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (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

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, and then stroll through Garden of the Gods. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs journey app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Miramont Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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