8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
3
Denver
— 1 night
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park driving holiday planning site.

Austin to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of 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 Austin in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are much colder with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Photography Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, thencontemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, thenwander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Denver can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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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 30th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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