8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

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 17th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park route builder website .

Indianapolis to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Indianapolis to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

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
day
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 19th (Mon): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip maker website .

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 much colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Trails Parks
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): cruise along Trail Ridge Road, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake, then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then stop by Earthwood Artisans, and finally look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): savor the flavors at The Source, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, then steep yourself in history at Union Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Pearl Street Mall. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, then stop by Belmar, and finally take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Belmar, Pearl Street Mall
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Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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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 24th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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