10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Durango
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Newark

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 18th (Thu): get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge, and then contemplate the long history of Union Station. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip builder website .

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in April, expect little chillier with lows of 34°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

1
night
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 20th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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night
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, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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

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 22nd (Mon), admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): hike along Hanging Lake Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then steep yourself in history at Redstone Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in April, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are colder (38°F), and nights are slightly colder (25°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

1
day
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 24th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery, then 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 reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Durango online attractions planner .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, you will find days in Durango are warmer (62°F), and nights are about the same (28°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Long House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Cortez Cultural Center, then get engrossed in the history at The Anasazi Heritage Center, and then pause for some photo ops at Hovenweep National Monument.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park holiday planner.

You can 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. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in April, and nighttime lows around 29°F. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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