18 days in Colorado & Taos Itinerary

18 days in Colorado & Taos Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Palisade
— 2 nights
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Montrose
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Taos
— 1 night
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Trinidad
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Greeley
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 3 nights

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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), take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs tour builder tool.

Washington DC to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Glenwood Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in September, expect Glenwood Springs to be much colder, temps between 59°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas
4.0
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Art Gallery
Cooper Corner Gallery
4.6
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Mountain
Rocky Mountains
4.8

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Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, then learn about winemaking at Two Rivers Winery, then do a tasting at Red Fox Cellars, and finally do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, learn about winemaking at Plum Creek Winery, learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, and finally learn about winemaking at Canyon Wind Cellars.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Palisade trip itinerary website.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Palisade in 1.5 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September: highs in Palisade hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Montrose.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Winery / Vineyard
Maison la Belle Vie Winery
4.5

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-lovers will get to explore Ouray Alchemist Museum and Ouray County Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of the Mountain West and Azura Cellars and Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montrose: Stone Cottage Cellars (in Paonia), Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road) and Black Bear Pass (in Telluride).

Start your trip to Montrose by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Palisade to Montrose in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Montrose can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Montrose

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park and then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park journey planner.

Traveling by car from Montrose to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Montrose in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Must see
Cliff Palace
4.8
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Must see
Long House
4.8

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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.
Taos Pueblo has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Veterans Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, then delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, and finally don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of High Road to Taos, snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Taos trip website.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Taos in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or fly. September in Taos sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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World heritage site
Taos Pueblo
3.8

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Corazon Gallery, explore the world behind art at A. R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Most Holy Trinity Church, then get engrossed in the history at Trinidad History Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Dodgeton Creek Brewing Company.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Trinidad day trip planning app.

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, expect Trinidad to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Trinidad

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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): take a stroll through Old Colorado City, 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: deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel route planning website.

You can drive from Trinidad to Colorado Springs in 2 hours. September in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Greeley.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Historic Walking Area
Old Colorado City
4.0

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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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Linn Grove Cemetery and then identify plant and animal life at Pawnee National Grasslands.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Greeley holiday planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Greeley in 2.5 hours. September in Greeley sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Greeley

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Estes Park

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.
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Downtown Estes Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Estes Park, make a side trip to see Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, approximately Rocky Mountain National Park away. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

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Traveling by car from Greeley to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. In September in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. 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 · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

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Must see
Spas
4.8

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