8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Birmingham
Bus + Fly:  6 h
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
End: Birmingham

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 23rd (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online travel planner.

Birmingham to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Birmingham in May: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 68°F and lows are around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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 25th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park tour planning tool.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

2
nights
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 26th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In May in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Denver Museum of Nature & Science and River Rafting & Tubing will thrill your kids. Denver Botanic Gardens and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Denver trip app.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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