11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
2
Durango
— 1 night
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
6
Denver
— 3 nights

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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 18th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park travel route planner.

Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Newark in April, with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): shop like a local with Toh-Atin Gallery, thentake a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Durango route planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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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 (Sun): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

Before you visit Glenwood Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in April, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around °F, while days are much colder, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Beach at Grand Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, around °F, while days are much hotter, around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Estes Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City. On the next day, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then steep yourself in history at McAllister House.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs driving holiday planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in April, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like 16th Street Mall and Molly Brown House Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Denver Union Station and St. John's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, catch a live event at Coors Field, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip app.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. April in Denver sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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