11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stroll through Garden of the Gods.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker website .

Los Angeles to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Los Angeles in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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 14th (Fri), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Denver trip maker site .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): stop by Earthwood Artisans, then get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally cruise along Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Estes Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours

1
day
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 18th (Tue): trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Estes Park in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 46°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

2
nights
Durango

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument, examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail, get interesting insight from Tours, and then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Durango day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Aztec Ruins National Monument
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River Rafting & Tubing
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery, then explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Glenwood Springs using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Durango in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are little chillier (66°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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