10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fremont
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
End: Fremont

3
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 27th (Mon), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Cherry Creek State Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Denver trip planner .

Fremont to Denver is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fremont to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fremont in May, expect Denver to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Museums Adventure

Side Trips

Cherry Creek State Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Hanging Lake Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rifle Gap State Park, and then look for gifts at Sioux Villa Curio.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Denver to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Denver in May, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online road trip planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, expect nights in Buena Vista to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
On the 1st (Sat), look for gifts at Honeyville, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Durango road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. When traveling from Buena Vista in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 35°F at night. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): make a trip to Park Point and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip app .

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. June in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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