8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Winter Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, thendelve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip app.

San Francisco to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in February: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 49°F, while lows dip to 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to 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
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, thenexplore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, thenwalk around Garden of the Gods, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip maker site.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

2
nights
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 24th (Mon): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Denver are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Winter Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

1
night
Winter Park

Winter Park ©
Winter Park is a home rule municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. On the 26th (Wed), hit the slopes at Winter Park Resort, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then identify plant and animal life at Vasquez Peak Wilderness.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Winter Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Winter Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Denver in February, plan for much colder days in Winter Park, with highs around 18°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Winter Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Spas

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 27th (Thu), stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Winter Park to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Winter Park in February, things will get a bit warmer in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 29°F and lows about 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Cooper Corner Gallery ©
Cooper Corner Gallery
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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