8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: San Antonio
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: San Antonio

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Sat), shop like a local with Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then stroll around Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, thenstroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs driving holiday planning site.

San Antonio to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Antonio in June: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, things will get a bit cooler in Buena Vista: highs are around 79°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, thendelve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect Mesa Verde National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 90°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): view the masterpieces at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, thenstroll through The Beach at Grand Lake, and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery.

Plan a Estes Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trail Ridge Road, The Beach at Grand Lake
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Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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 5th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, thenwander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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