13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado attractions planner

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 day
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Denver

— 2 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, trek along Mount Falcon Castle Trail, and browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Denver planner.

Kansas City to Denver is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kansas City to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road and then explore the activities along Sprague Lake. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Bear Lake, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 22nd (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs road trip app.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Adventure
Highlights from your trip

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall, and then admire all the interesting features of South Rim Road.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip site.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park are much hotter (89°F), and nights are a bit warmer (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in June, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. You'll set off for Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): trek along High Dune Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June: highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Colorado Springs

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs, with lows of 54°F. You will leave for home on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.