8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation builder

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Denver
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver

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.
On the 25th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Cherry Creek State Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

Peoria to Denver is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Peoria to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Peoria in August, Denver is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 26th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

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You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Breckenridge

— 1 night

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 27th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Epic Discovery at Breck and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Estes Park in August, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip tool.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 29th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary builder website.

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. In August, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stroll through Baby Bath Tubs Trail, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then stroll through Perimeter Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray journey planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 31st (Fri), hike along San Juan River Walk, hike along Piedra River Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.