26 days in Colorado Itinerary

26 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Fort Collins
— 4 nights
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Estes Park
— 5 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night

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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.
Visiting Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Glenwood Springs. In August, Glenwood Springs is much colder than New York City - with highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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Must see
Maroon Bells
4.8
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas
4.0
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Hiking Trail
Hanging Lake Trail
4.7

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg and then play a few rounds at Rocky Mountain Mini Golf. On the next day, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip builder tool.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Golf · Adventure · Tours

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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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Climbing Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Manitou Cliff Dwellings and St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Divide to see Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in August; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 83°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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5
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Denver

Denver ©

Mile-High City

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 in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Fishing Charters & Tours. For shopping fun, head to Denver Botanic Gardens or Boulder County Farmers Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder), Central City (Easy Street Casino & Reliving The Past Studio) and Jeffco Open Space Parks (in Golden). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Neighborhood
16th Street Mall
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Fort Collins

Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
For shopping fun, head to Benson Park Sculpture Garden or Union Colony Civic Center. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Mariana Butte Golf Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Collins: Abbey of St. Walburga (in Virginia Dale), Old Colorado Brewing Company (in Wellington) and Hunters Moon Meadery (in Severance). Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company, admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden, and stop by Nuance Chocolate.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Collins road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Denver to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Adventure

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.8
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Religious Site
Abbey of St. Walburga
4.9

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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.
Head to Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Fall River Jewelry, Coins & Antiquesfor some retail therapy. Visiting Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park to see Hallett Peak about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fort Collins to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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Must see
Trail Ridge Road
4.9
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Photography Tour
Photography Tours
4.7
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Hiking Trail
Emerald Lake Trail
4.9

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park route maker site.

Fly from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Cliff Palace
4.8
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Must see
Long House
4.8

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