19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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19 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  25​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Venture out of the city with trips to Littleton Museum (in Littleton) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Denver is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 15 hours. While traveling from Kuala Lumpur, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Littleton Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum, do a tasting at Hunters Moon Meadery, then explore the world behind art at Swetsville Zoo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Odell Brewing Company, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Collins holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Denver to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Swetsville Zoo, Hunters Moon Meadery, Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Hunters Moon Meadery ©
Hunters Moon Meadery

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake, then shop like a local with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, then view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and finally cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park day trip planner .

You can drive from Fort Collins to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

The Beach at Grand Lake, Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then 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. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Prater Ridge Trail, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Estes Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, then admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park, and then take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Elevation Beer Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Pikes Peak. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Old Colorado City Historic District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum (in Pueblo) and Bishop Castle (in Rye). There's still lots to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, learn more about the world around you at Expanding Minds Unlimited - The Colorado Springs Children's Museum, delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 30°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bishop Castle, River Rafting & Tubing, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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