8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly + taxi:  11​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Honolulu, Oahu

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Long House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park tour builder website .

Honolulu to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Mesa Verde National Park is 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Honolulu in May: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 14th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, look for gifts at Enstrom's, then take in breathtaking views at Colorado National Monument, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read Fruita trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Fruita takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May, Fruita is a bit warmer at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Grand Junction, Meadery of the Rockies
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

2
nights
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 15th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, then shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery, and then admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Fruita to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Fruita in May, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, stop by Brownfield's, then get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 70°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trail Ridge Road, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Denver day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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