8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Dallas

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 9th (Sat), hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): stop by F.M. Light & Sons, stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs holiday maker website .

Dallas to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in March; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 45°F and lows reach 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
F.M. Light & Sons ©
F.M. Light & Sons

2
nights
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 11th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, identify plant and animal life at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then stop by Earthwood Artisans, and finally look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In March, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 61°F and lows of 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Bierstadt Lake ©
Bierstadt Lake

2
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.
On the 13th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, then get into the urban bustle at Dairy Arts Center, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall. On the next day, contemplate the long history of History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Southlands.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip maker tool .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in March, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 29°F, while days are little chillier, around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Boulder, Southlands
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall

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 15th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Park Point, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Denver in March since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Colorado 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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs journey maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In March in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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