8 days in Colorado & Boulder City Itinerary

8 days in Colorado & Boulder City Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado & Boulder City Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Denver
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Loveland
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Fort Collins
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Red Feather Lakes
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
8
Boulder City
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: London

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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.
On the 4th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Denver vacation builder app .

London, UK to Denver is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from London in October, you will find days in Denver are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are little chillier (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Loveland.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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Loveland

Loveland ©
The City of Loveland is the Home Rule Municipality that is the second most populous municipality in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. On the 5th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Loveland Museum/Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Benson Park Sculpture Garden, and then contemplate the waterfront views at River's Edge Natural Area.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Loveland route planning website .

You can drive from Denver to Loveland in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Loveland

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
River's Edge Natural Area ©
River's Edge Natural Area
Loveland Museum/Gallery ©
Loveland Museum/Gallery

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Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pineridge Natural Area and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Collins trip planner .

Fort Collins is just a stone's throw from Loveland. In October, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Red Feather Lakes.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area ©
Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area
Pineridge Natural Area ©
Pineridge Natural Area

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Red Feather Lakes

Red Feather Lakes
Red Feather Lakes is a census-designated place (CDP) in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Red Feather Lakes trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Red Feather Lakes takes an hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fort Collins in October, with highs in Red Feather Lakes at 17°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Red Feather Lakes

Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, view the masterpieces at Bear Necessities & Cubs, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at The Studio Fine Art and Framing.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Red Feather Lakes to Estes Park takes 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Red Feather Lakes in October: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 24°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Photography Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip maker website .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Boulder City.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Boulder City

Boulder City ©
A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, then take an in-depth tour of Clark County Heritage Museum, and finally admire the engineering at Hoover Dam.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Boulder City road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Boulder City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park to Boulder City is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October: highs in Boulder City hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Boulder City

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Clark County Heritage Museum
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Clark County Heritage Museum ©
Clark County Heritage Museum

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