11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  7​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Carousel of Happiness and Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Denver itinerary tool .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Denver dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Carousel of Happiness, River Rafting & Tubing, Pearl Street Mall, Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs journey maker tool .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hanging Lake and Rocky Mountains. Go for a jaunt from Glenwood Springs to Aspen to see Maroon Bells about 1h 25 min away. It doesn't end there: trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in August: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 64°F and lows are around 47°F. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Maroon Bells
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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