18 days in Colorado & Taos Itinerary

18 days in Colorado & Taos Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado & Taos Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
subway + bus + Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Montrose
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Trinidad
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Greeley
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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 7th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs day trip planning app .

Washington DC to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In September, Glenwood Springs is much colder than Washington DC - with highs of 59°F and lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument, learn about winemaking at Two Rivers Winery, then do a tasting at Red Fox Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at Maison la Belle Vie Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, do a tasting at Plum Creek Winery, do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards, then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, and finally do a tasting at Canyon Wind Cellars.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Palisade driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Palisade in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect nights in Palisade to be somewhat warmer, around 54°F, while days are warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Montrose.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Two Rivers Winery, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards

3
nights
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray Alchemist Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Ouray County Museum and Black Bear Pass. Explore Montrose's surroundings by going to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road) and Paonia (Azura Cellars and Gallery & Stone Cottage Cellars).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Montrose holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Palisade to Montrose takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Montrose are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ouray, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Paonia, Black Bear Pass
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

2
nights
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 14th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mesa Verde National Park and then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Drive from Montrose to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Montrose in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 45°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Taos Pueblo. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, then make a trip to Taos Pueblo, and finally make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of High Road to Taos, take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and then identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Taos trip planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Taos in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Wild Rivers Recreation Area ©
Wild Rivers Recreation Area
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©

1
night
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Fri), shop like a local with Corazon Gallery, explore the world behind art at A. R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Most Holy Trinity Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Trinidad History Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Dodgeton Creek Brewing Company.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Trinidad road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Trinidad takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Taos in September, things will get a bit warmer in Trinidad: highs are around 82°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Trinidad

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Most Holy Trinity Church ©
Most Holy Trinity Church
Trinidad History Museum ©
Trinidad History Museum

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 19th (Sat): wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and then walk around Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: gain insight at United States Air Force Academy, then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Colorado Springs takes 2 hours. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Greeley.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

1
night
Greeley

Greeley ©
The City of Greeley is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Weld County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Mon), stroll the grounds of Linn Grove Cemetery and then identify plant and animal life at Pawnee National Grasslands.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Greeley visit planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Greeley in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Greeley

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pawnee National Grasslands ©
Pawnee National Grasslands
Linn Grove Cemetery ©
Linn Grove Cemetery

3
nights
Estes Park

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Downtown Estes Park. Go for a jaunt from Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park to see Trail Ridge Road about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Greeley to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

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