13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Get some cultural insight at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum. Take a break from Denver with a short trip to The Beach at Grand Lake in Grand Lake, about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Union Station, don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall, stroll through Denver Zoo, and savor the flavors at The Source.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver vacation maker website .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, Denver is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Belmar, The Beach at Grand Lake
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Colorado City Historic District and The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Canon City to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Canon City, Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
night
Durango

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.
On the 21st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then look for gifts at Animas Chocolate Company, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary site .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Animas Chocolate Company ©
Animas Chocolate Company
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
Step out of Glenwood Springs to go to Rifle and see Rifle Gap State Park, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online road trip planner .

You can drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rifle Gap State Park, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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