8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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 20th (Mon): test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs day trip planning site .

Dallas to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in August, expect Glenwood Springs to be cooler, temps between 64°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then make a trip to Pearl Street Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Belmar, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Glenwood Springs to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for warmer days in Denver, with highs around 85°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, River Rafting & Tubing, Belmar
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, and finally look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Estes Park tour website .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping
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Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Dancing Pines Distillery ©
Dancing Pines Distillery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): hike along Farming Terraces, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then don't miss a visit to Step House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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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 27th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Discover how to plan a Durango trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

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 August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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