21 days in Colorado Itinerary

21 days in Colorado Itinerary

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21 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Denver
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
La Junta
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h
End: London

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Colorado Model Railroad Museum. Get some historical perspective at 16th Street Mall and Molly Brown House Museum. When in Denver, make a side trip to see New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, approximately 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Union Station, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip app .

London, UK to Denver is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from London to Denver, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

New Belgium Brewing, Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

4
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Popular historic sites such as Old Colorado City Historic District and Glen Eyrie Castle are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Garden of the Gods and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, appreciate the history behind Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun, and view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs tour planning site .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Junta.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

1
night
La Junta

La Junta ©
La Junta is the city that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Otero County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Vogel Canyon, then contemplate the long history of Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, and then get engrossed in the history at Otero Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Junta visit planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to La Junta takes 2 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in La Junta: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in La Junta

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Otero Museum ©
Otero Museum

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake. Get a sense of the local culture at Wild Basin Area and Chapel on the Rock. Step out of Rocky Mountain National Park to go to Grand Lake and see The Beach at Grand Lake, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hallett Peak, contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake, get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner .

Drive from La Junta to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. When traveling from La Junta in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): test the waters at a local thermal spa, look for gifts at Sioux Villa Curio, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Cooper Corner Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Glenwood Springs, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May, plan for much colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 9°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

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

1
night
Durango

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stop by Earthen Vessel Gallery, view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and finally browse the exhibits of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. On your second day here, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then learn about winemaking at Fox Fire Farms Winery.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Durango online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for warmer days in Durango, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. On your second day here, cruise along Ruins Road and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip website .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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