10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Denver
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Newark

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day
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 13th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Forney Museum of Transportation and then take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip planner .

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Denver. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Denver when traveling from Newark in August, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums
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Washington Park ©
Washington Park
Forney Museum of Transportation ©
Forney Museum of Transportation

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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 14th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak, get a taste of the local shopping with Eagle Plume Trading Post, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Calypso Cascades, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls, and finally examine the collection at Moraine Park Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park travel route planning site .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In August in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Museums
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Longs Peak ©
Longs Peak
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): cruise along East Portal Road, take in the awesome beauty at Tomichi Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gunnison Point, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pulpit Rock Overlook, and finally get great views at Warner Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at North Rim and then admire the engineering at Gunnison Diversion Dam.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 7 hours. In August, daytime highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tomichi Point ©
Tomichi Point
Pulpit Rock Overlook ©
Pulpit Rock Overlook

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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 17th (Sat): trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, cruise along Ruins Road, hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, and finally don't miss a visit to Park Point.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip builder .

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. August in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House

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Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): walk around Buena Vista River Park, shop like a local with Sundance and Friends, take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, then relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Harvard, and finally sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Lakes, and then head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Colorado Springs - with highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Spas
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Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Sundance and Friends ©
Sundance and Friends
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): hike along Mosca Pass Trail, explore the activities along Little Medano Creek, and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Buena Vista to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. In August, daily temperatures in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Denver

On the 27th (Tue), put a fun spin on your tour with Denver Inside and Out, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, then stroll the grounds of Fort Logan National Cemetary, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours, then get a taste of the local shopping with LoDo, then do a tasting at Balistreri Vineyards, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with American Museum of Western Art.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Denver journey planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Denver with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Denver when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
National Ballpark Museum ©
National Ballpark Museum
Fort Logan National Cemetary ©
Fort Logan National Cemetary

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