8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Louisville

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Park Point and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Louisville to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Louisville in June since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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 22nd (Sat): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave, then stroll through Rifle Gap State Park, and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read Buena Vista trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Buena Vista are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Elevation Beer Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 25th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pikes Peak, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 54°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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.
On the 27th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Union Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, and then enjoy some music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
St. John's Cathedral ©
St. John's Cathedral

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