8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Fly
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 26th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Long House and then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park tour builder tool.

Dallas to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, shuttle, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Dallas in September, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs route app.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Adventure · Parks

Estes Park

— 2 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 29th (Tue), stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, view the masterpieces at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park day trip app.

Fly from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect nights in Estes Park to be a bit warmer, around 50°F, while days are warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

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 1st (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. On your second day here, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum & Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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 3rd (Sat): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs travel planner.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

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.