8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs route maker website .

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Houston, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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.
Union Station and History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Molly Brown House Museum. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, savor the flavors at The Source, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip website .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Denver in March, with lows around 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail. On the next day, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip 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. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in March, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are cooler (35°F), and nights are about the same (21°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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