10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans and then stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park online trip itinerary maker .

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Estes Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Estes Park, with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead ©
Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead

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.
On the 7th (Sun), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, then hunt for treasures at Boulder County Farmers Market, and finally browse the different shops at Pearl Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Union Station, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Southlands, then explore and take pictures at Coors Field, and finally pick up some local products at The Source.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Denver holiday planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Denver, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Boulder, Southlands
Highlights from your plan
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak, and then admire all the interesting features of Colorado College. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs vacation builder tool .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Long House, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park attractions planner.

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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in October since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for gifts at Honeyville, and finally examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Durango online tour itinerary planner .

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. In October, daytime highs in Durango are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

1
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 13th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave, then see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 47°F to lows of 32°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Rifle Gap State Park, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

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