8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
2
Fruita
— 1 night
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
5
Denver
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Long House, thendelve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning app.

Honolulu to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. While traveling from Honolulu, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 14th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, look for gifts at Enstrom's, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, and finally stop by Downtown Grand Junction.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fruita trip builder app.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Fruita in 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May since evenings lows in Fruita dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Grand Junction, Meadery of the Rockies, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, thenshop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery, and then immerse yourself in nature at Rifle Gap State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip site.

Traveling by car from Fruita to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in May, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (°F), and nights are slightly colder (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): cruise along Trail Ridge Road, look for gifts at Brownfield's, thenview the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in May: highs in Estes Park hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trail Ridge Road, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours

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night
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 19th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, thenwander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Denver trip planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Denver sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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