10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Palisade
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Swetsville Zoo and then take in nature's colorful creations at Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, then explore the galleries of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary builder app.

Jacksonville to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jacksonville to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Jacksonville in April; daily highs in Denver reach 59°F and lows reach 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Breckenridge

— 1 night

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Peak 9, then ski along the peaceful trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally stroll through Blue River Sports.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Denver to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Traveling from Denver in April, you will find days in Breckenridge are colder (35°F), and nights are a bit cooler (22°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas

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.
On the 8th (Thu), grab your bike and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs road trip planner.

Getting from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Glenwood Springs can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Spas · Trails

Side Trip

Palisade

— 1 night
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): do a tasting at Grande River Vineyards & Winery, learn about winemaking at Talon Winery, do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then learn about winemaking at Red Fox Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Palisade trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Palisade takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, you will find days in Palisade are warmer (64°F), and nights are a bit warmer (37°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries

Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spruce Tree House and Petroglyph Point Hike. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mesa Verde National Park and Long House. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spruce Canyon Trail, and don't miss a visit to Park Point.

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You can drive from Palisade to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Palisade in April, with lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Durango

— 2 nights
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 13th (Tue): trek along Animas River Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Durango journey planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 28°F. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

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.