8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Denver
— 1 day
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Telluride
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Fly

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Denver

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then see where the action happens at Coors Field, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally pick up some local products at The Source.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Denver itinerary maker website.

Appleton to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Appleton in July, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Denver

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Breckenridge

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, don't miss a visit to Main Street, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip builder.

Getting from Denver to Breckenridge by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. When traveling from Denver in July, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

Side Trip

Telluride

— 3 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Telluride side-trips: Ouray (Perimeter Trail, Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, &more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls and make a trip to Main Street.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Telluride trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Telluride takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in July, expect nights in Telluride to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 day
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 19th (Thu): trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning app.

You can drive from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Telluride in July, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

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.