10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto

1
night
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 4th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of 16th Street Mall, then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and then shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Toronto, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Pearl Street Mall
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©

2
nights
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 6th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
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 7th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. On your second day here, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In February in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the galleries of Toh-Atin Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see maps and tourist information, read our Durango tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in February, and nighttime lows around -9°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Estes Park

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 11th (Mon): look for gifts at Glen Haven General Store, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then look for gifts at Brownfield's, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Durango to Estes Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Durango in February, you will find days in Estes Park are a bit warmer (12°C), and nights are about the same (-6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Shopping Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Brownfield's ©
Brownfield's

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