19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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19 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Rifle
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
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 30th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs road trip app .

Toronto, Canada to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Glenwood Springs is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in April: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 3°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Snowmass Village
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rifle Arch Trail, browse the collection at Rifle Branch Library, and then admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rifle trip planner .

Rifle is just a short distance from Glenwood Springs. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, expect nights in Rifle to be somewhat warmer, around 5°C, while days are much warmer, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Rifle

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Rifle Arch Trail ©
Rifle Arch Trail
Rifle Branch Library ©
Rifle Branch Library

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Palisade Sunday Market, learn about winemaking at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then contemplate the long history of Cross Orchards Historic Site, and finally learn about winemaking at Talon Winery. On your second day here, take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument, and then pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Palisade trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Rifle to Palisade takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Junction, Fruita
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Varaison Vineyards and Winery ©
Varaison Vineyards and Winery

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 6th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Farming Terraces, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

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

Getting from Palisade to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Palisade in May, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and Fox Fire Farms Winery. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Purgatory Resort. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Honeyville, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Durango vacation app .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Fox Fire Farms Winery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Fox Fire Farms Winery ©
Fox Fire Farms Winery

3
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.
Old Colorado City Historic District and National Museum of World War II Aviation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Canon City (River Rafting & Tubing & The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and stop by The Glassblowers of Manitou.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs route planner.

Getting from Durango to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Durango in May, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Canon City, Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Beach at Grand Lake. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, stop by Earthwood Artisans, then stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park day trip site .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Bierstadt Lake ©
Bierstadt Lake
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

4
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.
Shop till you drop at 16th Street Mall and Pearl Street Mall. Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Boulder (Dairy Arts Center & Boulder County Farmers Market) and Southlands (in Aurora). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Union Station, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, and admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver travel route planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Denver sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Boulder, Southlands, Belmar
Highlights from your plan
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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