9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Louisville

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs vacation planning site .

Minneapolis to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 28°F in Steamboat Springs. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Trails Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, then do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards, and then explore the stunning scenery at Colorado National Monument. On your second day here, take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, then do a tasting at Canyon Wind Cellars, and finally do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Palisade visit planning app .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Palisade by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in April; daily highs in Palisade reach 64°F and lows reach 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Downtown Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©

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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 24th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

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You can drive from Palisade to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Palisade in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and finally admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then take a stroll through Old Colorado City.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online tour itinerary planner .

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. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April, you will find days in Colorado Springs are little chillier (60°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Trails
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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.
On the 27th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. On your second day here, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. April in Denver sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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