11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Newark

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 18th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip website .

Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Newark in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive 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

1
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): view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the galleries of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary tool .

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, daytime highs in Durango are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs road trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Durango in April, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 38°F by day to 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

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

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 22nd (Mon): take in the exciting artwork 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 23rd (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park route planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much hotter (64°F), and nights are a bit warmer (35°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area

2
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): stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then contemplate the long history of McAllister House, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs travel route planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. April in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Union Station. Popular historic sites such as 16th Street Mall and St. John's Cathedral are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Denver online trip maker .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. April in Denver sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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