11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
2
Denver
— 2 nights
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Studio Fine Art and Framing. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenview the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary builder tool.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Estes Park when traveling from New York City in September, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Photography Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, thentake an in-depth tour of Littleton Museum, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at American Museum of Western Art, thenexamine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, thenexplore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Denver vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

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 °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car 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
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Penrose Heritage Museum and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Canon City). There's still lots to do: walk around Garden of the Gods and see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs travel route planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Long House, thencontemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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 test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains and then get a taste of the local shopping with Cooper Corner Gallery.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs route maker tool.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around °F, while lows dip to °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

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