8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour itinerary maker

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 2 nights

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.
You'll explore and learn at Denver Botanic Gardens and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. 16th Street Mall and Trinity United Methodist Church will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver holiday planner.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Denver dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Penrose Heritage Museum. Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Garden of the Gods. When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see Colorado Jeep Tours in Cañon City, approximately Cañon City away. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take a memorable tour with The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and take a stroll through Old Colorado City.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Long House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning app.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 38°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

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.