8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Milwaukee
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Milwaukee

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find ratings and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park tour builder app .

Milwaukee to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Milwaukee to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milwaukee in June, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can 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
Long House ©
Long House

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Garden of the Gods. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs itinerary site .

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. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then soothe aching muscles at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Buena Vista journey planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, expect Buena Vista to be a bit cooler, temps between 79°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 87°F and lows of 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
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip builder app .

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

Things to do in Denver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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