11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo. 16th Street Mall and Union Station will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, look for gifts at Belmar, and snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Denver day trip planner .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Denver dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Belmar
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Garden of the Gods. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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 28th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park visit planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
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 29th (Mon), shop like a local with The Bungled Jungle, experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista attractions planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Buena Vista in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 80°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

The Bungled Jungle
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
The Bungled Jungle ©
The Bungled Jungle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Spas Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

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