8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route planner

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Denver
— 1 day
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Grand Junction
— 3 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Denver

— 1 day

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 12th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, and finally explore the activities along Crown Hill Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Denver day trip tool.

Raleigh to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Raleigh to Denver. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Raleigh in September, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Grand Junction

— 3 nights
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway, take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa, and then make a trip to Clark Family Orchards. On your second day here, do a tasting at Two Rivers Winery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, and then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

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You can fly from Denver to Grand Junction in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Durango

— 2 nights
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.
On the 15th (Wed), see Off-Road Tours and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then explore and take pictures at Million Dollar Highway.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Durango vacation maker site.

Getting from Grand Junction to Durango by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Durango, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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 17th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip site.

Drive from Durango to Colorado Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Colorado Springs, with lows of 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.