14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Cedar Rapids

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.
On the 19th (Wed), hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs day trip planner .

Cedar Rapids to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, Glenwood Springs is slightly colder than Cedar Rapids - with highs of 59°F and lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Beach at Grand Lake, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake, then explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park travel website .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September: highs in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Estes Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

2
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, contemplate the long history of History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. September in Denver sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak. On the next day, stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs online tour planner .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Canon City travel route planner .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

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.
On the 28th (Fri), trek along Farming Terraces, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Canon City to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Canon City in September, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Purgatory Resort. Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Fox Fire Farms Winery (in Ignacio). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and look for gifts at Animas Chocolate Company.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary planner .

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 September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Million Dollar Highway, Fox Fire Farms Winery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway

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