12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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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.
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): sample the tasty concoctions at Coors Brewery. On the next day, catch a live event at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Denver trip planner.

Springfield to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Denver due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Springfield in June, with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

2
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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): shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Estes Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

1
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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, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Estes Park in June, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

1
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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 19th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail.

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You can 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. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect much 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 · Spas

Side Trip

1
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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery, and then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Buena Vista are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

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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.
National Museum of World War II Aviation and Lester L. Williams Fire Museum will appeal to museum buffs. When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, approximately Canon City away. There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs visit app.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 54°F in Colorado Springs. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.