11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route builder

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, get advice or help at Estes Park Visitor Center, and then view the masterpieces at The Studio Fine Art and Framing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park driving holiday planner.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, Estes Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas

2
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.
On the 12th (Thu), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then get engrossed in the history at Littleton Museum, and finally browse the different shops at 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at American Museum of Western Art, then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Denver trip planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, Littleton Museum
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, and walk around Garden of the Gods.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs road trip site .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Long House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
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 18th (Wed): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains and then take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (59°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Spas Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

Similar Plans

15 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Winterset, Lamoni & Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, outdoors, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans