10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Duluth
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Canon City
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Duluth

2
nights
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 14th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at The Studio Fine Art and Framing and then get answers to all your questions at Estes Park Visitor Center. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planner.

Duluth to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Duluth to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Duluth in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Denver trip site .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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.
On the 19th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and finally don't miss a visit to Park Point. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Long House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph Point Hike, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning website .

Getting from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Denver in September, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs route maker website .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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 22nd (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll around Buena Vista River Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Buena Vista fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

1
night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the striking features of The Abbey Events Complex and then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City planning site .

Drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in September, with highs in Canon City at 83°F and lows at 56°F. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
The Abbey Events Complex ©
The Abbey Events Complex

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