10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  1​h
4
Boulder
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
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 2nd (Fri), see a show at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner .

Charlotte to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Denver when traveling from Charlotte in August, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, then get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

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Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Estes Park is just a stone's throw from Rocky Mountain National Park. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Photography Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

1
night
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Flatirons, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Sanitas Trail, and then stroll through Boulder Creek Path.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Boulder day trip website .

Getting from Estes Park to Boulder by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Boulder sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Flatirons ©
Flatirons

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll through Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then stroll through Garden of the Gods. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and finally get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Boulder to Colorado Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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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 9th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long 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.
On the 10th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Scenic Aperture Gallery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then hop aboard Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Durango road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Durango are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

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