8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Antonio

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.
On the 8th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, go for a walk through Pikes Peak, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs holiday builder .

San Antonio to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Antonio to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Antonio in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are little chillier (83°F), and nights are colder (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In August in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for gifts at Honeyville, and finally see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Durango trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

1
day
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.
On the 12th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for little chillier days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Spas Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

1
night
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 13th (Mon): appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary app .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are warmer (89°F), and nights are a bit warmer (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

2
nights
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 14th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver vacation maker .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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