10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Denver
— 1 night
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
5
Durango
— 1 day
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights

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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 18th (Thu), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, thensteep yourself in history at Grant-Humphreys Mansion, thenadmire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at 16th Street Mall.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip maker site.

Newark to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Newark in April, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City, thenwalk around Garden of the Gods, and then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area.

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Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bierstadt Lake
Bierstadt Lake
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area

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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 22nd (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then step into the grandiose world of Redstone Castle Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in April, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Rifle Gap State Park, Redstone Castle Tours
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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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.
On the 24th (Wed), stop by Toh-Atin Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Durango vacation builder website.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, plan for much warmer days in Durango, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Long House, thensteep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Cortez Cultural Center, thenlearn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, and then delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. April in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House

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