9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
2
Palisade
— 2 nights
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
5
Denver
— 2 nights

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the galleries of Tread of Pioneers Museum and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs tour itinerary planner.

Louisville to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Louisville in April, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Downtown Grand Junction, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Canyon Wind Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Palisade vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Palisade takes 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in April, with highs in Palisade at 64°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, Downtown Grand Junction
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room

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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 24th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation website.

You can drive from Palisade to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Palisade in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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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 25th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation

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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 27th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daytime highs in Denver are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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