8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Charlotte to Denver is an approximately 5.5-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 Charlotte to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Charlotte in June, things will get little chillier in Denver: highs are around 83°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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nights
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 14th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Park Point, get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then cruise along Ruins Road, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip tool .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Denver, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
night
Durango

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 16th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Durango are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 17th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, get interesting insight from Tours, and then get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista day trip planner .

You can drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, train, 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 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

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 18th (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods and then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

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Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Buena Vista in June, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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