8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Denver
Drive:  4 h 30 min
1
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— Few hours
Drive:  5 h 15 min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Pueblo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Denver
— 3 nights
End: Denver

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner.

Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 4.5- hour car ride. Traveling from Denver in September, expect little chillier with lows of 39°F in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Trails Outdoors

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mesa Verde Tour Experience as well as Four Corners Monument. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument and then delve into the distant past with Mesa Verde Tour Experience.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pueblo.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Tours

Side Trip

Four Corners Monument
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Mesa Verde Tour Experience ©
Mesa Verde Tour Experience
Four Corners Monument ©
Four Corners Monument

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night
Pueblo

Pueblo ©
Pueblo is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Pueblo County, Colorado, United States. Royal Gorge Bridge and Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take a memorable ride with Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

Before you visit Pueblo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pueblo by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Pueblo when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pueblo

Parks Wildlife Transportation

Side Trip

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Pueblo to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pueblo in September: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 51°F. You'll set off for Denver on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
The Broadmoor Seven Falls ©
The Broadmoor Seven Falls

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Denver online journey builder.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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