10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Wayne
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Rifle
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Fort Wayne

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 21st (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

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

Fort Wayne to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Fort Wayne in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Rifle.

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

1
day
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. On the 23rd (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains and then admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rifle trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Rifle by car takes about 5.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Rifle

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

2
nights
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 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Beach at Grand Lake, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Rifle to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

The Beach at Grand Lake
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, expect Buena Vista to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 27th (Thu), head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City trip builder website .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in June: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 89°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

3
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.
Visiting Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs online trip builder .

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in June, you will find days in Colorado Springs are a bit cooler (84°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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