11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  8​h 45​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Boulder
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  10​h
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

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 4th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs route planning website .

Philadelphia to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 9-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Glenwood Springs is minus 2 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Philadelphia in July: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

3
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and 16th Street Mall. Head to Pearl Street Mall and Dairy Arts Centerfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boulder: Estes Park (Earthwood Artisans & Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures), Denver Museum of Nature & Science (in Denver) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Belmar and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Boulder trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Boulder takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, expect Boulder to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Estes Park, Denver, Trail Ridge Road, Belmar
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip tool .

Drive from Boulder to Colorado Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

3
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then explore the ancient world of Long House. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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