12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fremont
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
End: Fremont

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Union Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at 16th Street Mall.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Denver trip planner .

Fremont to Denver is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fremont to Denver due to the time zone difference. In May, Denver is a bit cooler than Fremont - with highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Cherry Creek State Park
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online route planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

1
day
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 (Thu): have fun and explore at Glenwood Railroad Museum and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs attractions planning app .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are cooler (46°F), and nights are slightly colder (33°F). On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Childrens Museums Museums
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Thermal Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Trimble Hot Springs.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 35°F at night. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park travel route planner.

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Winter Park Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rocky Mountain National Park when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Winter Park Resort, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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