8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Visiting Winter Park Resort and Vail Mountain Resort will get you outdoors. Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Colorado Springs (Cheyenne Mountain Zoo & Garden of the Gods). The adventure continues: wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Denver sightseeing planner.

Indianapolis to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Denver. When traveling from Indianapolis in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Denver: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning site.

You can fly from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Denver in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
On the 18th (Wed), hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip maker tool.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in March, plan for much colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 35°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and finally hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 21°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.