11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 day
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Estes Park — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Estes Park Memorial Observatory, Downtown Estes Park, Lily Lake, and other attractions you added. On the 28th (Fri), see the sky in a new way at Estes Park Memorial Observatory.

Make your Estes Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Durham to Estes Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Durham in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Estes Park, with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denver.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

Denver — 1 night

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.
You've added Dinosaur Ridge, Cheesman Park, Downtown Aquarium, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Dinosaur Ridge, admire the natural beauty at Cheesman Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Downtown Aquarium, and finally contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol, then get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Denver tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly to Glenwood Springs.
Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Side Trip

Glenwood Springs — 1 night

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Grottos Trail, The John Denver Sanctuary, Crater Lake Trail, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): hike along Hanging Lake Trail, explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Grottos Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Denver to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Denver in August: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trip

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cascade Falls Park as well as Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then hike along Cascade Falls Park.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September; daily highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park reach 79°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park — 2 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Far View Sites as well as Petroglyph Point Hike. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Long House, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike, then don't miss a visit to Far View Sites, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

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You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve — 1 day

Your day by day itinerary now includes Bishop Castle, Rio Grande National Forest and Treasure Falls. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, take a peaceful walk through Rio Grande National Forest, then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail, and finally step into the grandiose world of Bishop Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September since evenings lows in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Buena Vista.
Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trips

Buena Vista — 1 night

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the old-fashioned way with Royal Gorge Route Railroad, then get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and then admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Buena Vista with the Route module. In September in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Colorado Springs — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Old Colorado City as well as Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll around Garden of the Gods, then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in September; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 79°F and lows reach 51°F. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.