14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Fruita
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver — 2 nights

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 in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Winter Park Resort. Get some historical perspective at Denver Union Station and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum. There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of 16th Street Mall and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Denver day trip planning website.

Washington DC to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, plan for little chillier nights in Denver, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Estes Park.
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Estes Park — 2 nights

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.
On the 7th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online vacation maker.

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 2 nights

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 9th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Long House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park vacation site.

You can fly from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In August, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fruita.
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Fruita — 1 night

The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Thu), take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, and then appreciate the history behind Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fruita planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Fruita in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fruita, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.
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Glenwood Springs — 2 nights

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 12th (Fri): relax and float downstream 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 next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, then trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then tee off at Eagle Ranch Golf Club.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs travel planner.

You can drive from Fruita to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Fruita, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.
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Buena Vista — 1 night

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip maker site.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and finally take a stroll through Old Colorado City.

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You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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