8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Antonio

1
night
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 29th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and then wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary website .

San Antonio to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Antonio in June: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 1st (Mon), head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around 79°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect Mesa Verde National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 90°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Estes Park visit planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trail Ridge Road, The Beach at Grand Lake
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Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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 5th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Union Station. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip maker tool .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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