12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sports Authority Field at Mile High as well as Coors Brewery. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Coors Brewery. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Denver route planner .

Springfield to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Springfield to Denver is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Springfield in June, Denver is slightly colder at night with lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Coors Brewery, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Brewery ©
Coors Brewery
Sports Authority Field at Mile High ©

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 16th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road. On your second day here, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

Plan my day in Estes Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Estes Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

1
day
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 18th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning tool .

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Estes Park in June since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Sun), see a world frozen in time at Winfield, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista holiday website .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Buena Vista to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Penrose Heritage Museum. The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, and examine the collection at Lester L. Williams Fire Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip tool .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Buena Vista in June, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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