11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly:  5​h
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Omaha

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.
Get outdoors at Photography Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. For shopping fun, head to Aspen and Evergreen Gallery or Brownfield's. Take a break from Estes Park with a short trip to Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Estes Park road trip app .

Omaha to Estes Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Omaha to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Omaha in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 43°F in Estes Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Spas
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours

2
nights
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 3rd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Far View Sites, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then take an in-depth tour of The Anasazi Heritage Center.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Estes Park in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Colorado National Monument, learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, and then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fruita trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Fruita in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fruita when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Downtown Grand Junction, Mesa Park Vineyards, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards

1
night
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 6th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fruita to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in June, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are much colder, around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Adventure Tours
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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery.

Find out how to plan Buena Vista trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery

3
nights
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.
Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Museum of Nature & Science are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at 16th Street Mall and Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Denver holiday planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Denver in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Denver, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Boulder, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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