8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights

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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.
Visit 16th Street Mall and Molly Brown House Museum for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Go for a jaunt from Denver to Idaho Springs to see River Rafting & Tubing about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum, and examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum.

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

Newark to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Denver is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Denver when traveling from Newark in August, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden History Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Visiting Trail Ridge Road and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Step out of Estes Park with an excursion to The Beach at Grand Lake in Grand Lake--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get a taste of the local shopping with Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip planner.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Trail Ridge Road, The Beach at Grand Lake
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

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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 23rd (Sun), explore the ancient world of Long House and then delve into the distant past at Balcony House.

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Fly from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In August in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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