10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 15​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

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.
On the 15th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Glenwood Springs. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in March, expect Glenwood Springs to be colder, temps between 35°F and 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Historic Sites

Side Trip

Redstone Castle Tours
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Thermal Spas
Redstone Castle Tours ©
Redstone Castle Tours
Doc Holliday's Grave ©
Doc Holliday's Grave

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake, then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and finally stop by Earthwood Artisans.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in March, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Bierstadt Lake
Highlights from your plan
Bierstadt Lake ©
Bierstadt Lake
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Earthwood Artisans ©
Earthwood Artisans

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): browse the fresh offerings at The Source, don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see a show at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally look for gifts at Belmar.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Denver itinerary app .

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in March, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 29°F, while days are slightly colder, around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, Belmar
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 20th (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District. On the next day, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then contemplate the long history of McAllister House, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pikes Peak.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip website .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
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 22nd (Fri): trek along Farming Terraces, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

2
nights
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 23rd (Sat): look for gifts at Honeyville, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then do a tasting at Fox Fire Farms Winery.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Durango are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Fox Fire Farms Winery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Fox Fire Farms Winery ©
Fox Fire Farms Winery

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