11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip maker

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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 11th (Tue), cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park road trip site.

Minneapolis to Estes Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Estes Park when traveling from Minneapolis in May, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Denver online holiday planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Denver, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs visit website.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours, view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip maker app.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, Buena Vista is a bit cooler than Colorado Springs - with highs of 62°F and lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

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.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the activities along Hanging Lake, then trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planning app.

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Buena Vista in May: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Trails · Outdoors

Durango

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then get a taste of the local shopping with Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Durango visit planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are much hotter, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 21st (Fri), delve into the distant past at Balcony House and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park holiday builder.

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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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.