8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary planner

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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Denver

— 1 night

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 9th (Fri): admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and finally admire the masterpieces at Clyfford Still Museum.

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Wichita to Denver is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Wichita in July, with highs in Denver at 87°F and lows at 60°F. On the 10th (Sat), you'll travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip app.

Drive from Denver to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Denver in July: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 82°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Durango.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 11:

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 12th (Mon), trek along Animas River Trail, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then grab your bike and head to Rotary Park, and finally examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Durango driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Steamboat Springs to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): hike along Rim Rock Trail, then cruise along South Rim Road, and then explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall.

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Getting from Durango to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Durango in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 60°F in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:
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Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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 14th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are colder (68°F), and nights are little chillier (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace and then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Farming Terraces, then make a trip to Park Point, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning website.

You can fly from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Colorado travel guide

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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.