8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night

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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 26th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Long House and then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning tool.

Dallas to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Dallas to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in September, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be cooler, around 45°F, while days are little chillier, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Cliff Palace
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Must see
Long House
4.8

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): trek along Hanging Lake Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for much colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your trip
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Hiking Trail
Hanging Lake Trail
4.7
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas
4.0
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.8

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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.
Kids will enjoy Trail Ridge Road and Off-Road Tours. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and The Studio Fine Art and Framing. Go for a jaunt from Estes Park to Grand Lake to see The Beach at Grand Lake about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass, take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Trail Ridge Road
4.9
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Must see
Off-Road Tours
4.8

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Denver

Denver ©

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Denver day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Denver sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip
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Neighborhood
16th Street Mall
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City, and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

Planning Colorado Springs trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip
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Historic Walking Area
Old Colorado City
4.0

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