11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Buena Vista
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Newark

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Newark to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Newark in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
day
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 1st (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Buena Vista takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July, Buena Vista is a bit cooler than Mesa Verde National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

3
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Manitou Cliff Dwellings and St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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 5th (Fri): shop like a local with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. On your second day here, stop by Purple Mountain Taffy Company, then view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

3
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.
Shop till you drop at 16th Street Mall and Pearl Street Mall. Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Museum of Nature & Science make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Union Station, look for gifts at Tattered Cover Bookstore, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver route maker site .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Denver sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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