8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Lafayette
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  4 h
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Shuttle + Fly + Taxi:  8 h 45 min
End: Lafayette

1
night
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then engage your brain at Museum of the West, then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction trip itinerary planner.

Lafayette to Grand Junction is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Lafayette, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Grand Junction, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Palisade, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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night
Glenwood Springs

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 19th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online journey planner.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Grand Junction in May, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Tours
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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista road trip site.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, expect nights in Buena Vista to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum & Park.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Denver trip planning site.

Drive from Buena Vista to Denver in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 43°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Golden History Museum & Park
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Denver in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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