12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  15​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Dublin

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs tour itinerary maker app .

Dublin, Ireland to Colorado Springs is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Dublin to Colorado Springs. When traveling from Dublin in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Commonwheel Artists Co-op, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

2
nights
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 2nd (Sun): cruise along Ruins Road, make a trip to Step House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Farming Terraces, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Tue), see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Aspen Snowmass and then stop by Snowmass Sports.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Glenwood Springs trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Earthwood Artisans, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and car. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): savor the flavors at The Source, then enjoy some music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then hunt for treasures at Boulder County Farmers Market, and finally make a trip to Pearl Street Mall. On your second day here, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Denver travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Boulder
Highlights from your plan
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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