8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip planner.

Milwaukee to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Milwaukee in June, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Canon City to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take a stroll through Old Colorado City, and don't miss a visit to Ivywild School.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista road trip site.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Colorado Springs - with highs of 79°F and lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 21st (Fri), appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then hike along Hallett Peak.

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Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in June, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 87°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

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Denver

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Shopping

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.