8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 3 nights
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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.
Make your Glenwood Springs itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Glenwood Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach 66°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 8th (Mon), see Off-Road Tours, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in June: highs in Buena Vista hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Durango trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Durango, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Denver Botanic Gardens and 16th Street Mall. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Photography Tours. Go for a jaunt from Denver to Estes Park to see Images of Rocky Mountain National Park about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Denver, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 55°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.