10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Lexington
Fly:  7​h
1
Durango
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Lexington

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): look for gifts at Honeyville and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Durango trip maker website .

Lexington to Durango is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lexington to Durango. Expect slightly colder evenings in Durango when traveling from Lexington in July, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Shopping
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Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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 2nd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online attractions planner .

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then steep yourself in history at Union Station, and then snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
On the 5th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains, and then pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test the waters at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Denver to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in July, expect Glenwood Springs to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): view the masterpieces at The Bungled Jungle, sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Buena Vista are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Elevation Beer Company, The Bungled Jungle
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company

3
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Pikes Peak. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs vacation builder site .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, things will get a bit warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 86°F and lows about 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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