12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 30th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs driving holiday planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Colorado Springs is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Dublin to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in May, you will find days in Colorado Springs are a bit warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Commonwheel Artists Co-op ©
Commonwheel Artists Co-op

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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, then don't miss a visit to Step House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House. On the next day, trek along Farming Terraces, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online road trip planner.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in June since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 9°C. 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 · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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), immerse yourself in nature at Rifle Gap State Park and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass and then stop by Snowmass Sports.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs planning tool.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

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

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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): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, 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: look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, and finally stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Estes Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Estes Park to be a bit warmer, around 14°C, while days are warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area

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Denver

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): browse the fresh offerings at The Source, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Boulder County Farmers Market, and finally shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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