8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Midland
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Midland

2
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Off-Road Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Denver Union Station and 16th Street Mall. Take a break from Denver with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Estes Park, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Denver online visit planner.

Midland to Denver is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Midland to Denver is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Midland in July, expect Denver to be slightly colder, temps between 87°F and 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Estes Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Tue), see Off-Road Tours, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Denver to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Denver in July; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 80°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), 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.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

2
nights
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 24th (Fri), kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, then stroll through Animas River Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July in Durango, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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