10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado sightseeing planner

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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 5th (Fri), look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans and then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

For photos and other tourist information, read Estes Park attractions planning website.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Estes Park. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Estes Park when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 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 · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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 7th (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Boulder County Farmers Market, and finally shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, browse the different shops at Southlands, then catch a live event at Coors Field, and finally browse the fresh offerings at The Source.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip app.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): walk around Garden of the Gods and then gain insight at Colorado College. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs attractions app.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 11th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Long House, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, plan for little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Durango

— 1 night
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 12th (Fri), get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for gifts at Honeyville, and finally see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango trip planning app.

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 in Durango, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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, admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

You can plan Glenwood Springs trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Durango to Glenwood Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.