11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary maker

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Fly
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Denver
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Montrose
— 1 day
Drive
6
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
7
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive
8
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Longmont
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Austin Straubel International Airport

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Denver

Mile-High City

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.
To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Denver online day trip planner.

Green Bay to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Green Bay to Denver due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Green Bay in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Denver: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 55°F at night. You'll set off for Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
On the 10th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Stations of the Cross Shrine. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, then explore the activities along Little Medano Creek, and then trek along High Dune Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve holiday planning app.

Getting from Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Denver in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 42°F in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Durango. In June, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. You will leave for Mesa Verde National Park on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
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 12th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Long House, then don't miss a visit to Park Point, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip tool.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

Montrose

— 1 day
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Montrose County Historical Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West, then get engrossed in the history at Ute Indian Museum, and finally walk around Montrose Water Sports Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Montrose road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Montrose takes 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Montrose when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Montrose

Museums · Nature · Parks

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take a memorable drive along East Portal Road, then cruise along South Rim Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park route planner.

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park is just a short distance from Montrose. In June in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Grand Junction

— 1 night
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Junction journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Grand Junction takes 1.5 hours. June in Grand Junction sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 16th (Wed), you're off to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wineries

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): test the waters at a local thermal spa, then stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and then grab your bike and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs planner.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are cooler (66°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Longmont.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Longmont

— 2 nights
The City of Longmont is a Home Rule Municipality in Boulder and Weld counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): examine the collection at Colorado Model Railroad Museum, stroll through Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and then identify plant and animal life at Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Boulder County Farmers' Market - Saturday Longmont Market, then get to know the fascinating history of D'Barn Reception Hall, then see the interesting displays at Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, and finally shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Longmont driving holiday website.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Longmont in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Longmont, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Longmont

Shopping · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.