8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chattanooga
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Chattanooga

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and finally see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip tool .

Chattanooga to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chattanooga to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chattanooga in October; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 67°F and lows reach 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
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1
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, and finally get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

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Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In October in Denver, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the exciting artwork at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, get interesting insight from Tours, and then walk around Estes Park Visitor Center.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Photography Tours

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day
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 9th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Estes Park in October since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then hike along Piedra River Trail. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip planning website .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Spas

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