14 days in Denver, Grand Junction & Telluride Itinerary

14 days in Denver, Grand Junction & Telluride Itinerary

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14 days in Denver, Grand Junction & Telluride Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Grand Junction
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Telluride
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Garden of the Gods (in Colorado Springs) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, appreciate the history behind The Colorado Freedom Memorial, and steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Denver itinerary planner.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Denver dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Garden of the Gods, Trail Ridge Road, The Colorado Freedom Memorial, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

5
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Explore Grand Junction's surroundings by going to Moab (Arches National Park, Double Down Bike Shop, & more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, stroll around Lincoln Park Complex, get curious at Children's Nature Center, and hike along Tabeguache Trail.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Denver to Grand Junction by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Denver in July: highs in Grand Junction hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Moab
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Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of New Sheridan Hotel, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get outside with San Juan Outdoor Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Via Ferrata, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, and then stroll through Sneffels Highline Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Telluride travel route planning app .

Getting from Grand Junction to Telluride by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in July, things will get slightly colder in Telluride: highs are around 74°F and lows about 52°F. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Telluride Historical Museum ©
Telluride Historical Museum
Sneffels Highline Trail ©
Sneffels Highline Trail

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