26 days in Colorado Itinerary

26 days in Colorado Itinerary

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26 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Fort Collins
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Estes Park
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + foot:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
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.
Get outdoors at Maroon Bells and Rocky Mountains. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Maroon Lake Scenic Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). There's more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker app .

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from New York City in August: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 64°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
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): see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, then tee off at Rocky Mountain Mini Golf, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Golf Adventure

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain Mini Golf
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Climbing Tours. Visit Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Divide to see Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, and stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs road trip planning app .

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, expect Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

5
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.
16th Street Mall and LoDo will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Denver Botanic Gardens or Boulder County Farmers Market. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder) and Central City (Easy Street Casino & Reliving The Past Studio). Spend the 19th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park, and explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. 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

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Boulder, Central City, Crown Hill Park, Jeffco Open Space Parks, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

4
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Mariana Butte Golf Course. Head to Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Union Colony Civic Centerfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Collins side-trips: Abbey of St. Walburga (in Virginia Dale), Old Colorado Brewing Company (in Wellington) and Hunters Moon Meadery (in Severance). There's much more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing, take in nature's colorful creations at Annual Flower Trial Garden, do a tasting at Lost Prairie Winery, and look for gifts at Nuance Chocolate.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Collins day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Fort Collins, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries Adventure

Side Trips

Loveland, Hunters Moon Meadery, Union Colony Civic Center, Old Colorado Brewing Company, Abbey of St. Walburga
Highlights from your plan
Mariana Butte Golf Course ©
Mariana Butte Golf Course
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Abbey of St. Walburga ©
Abbey of St. Walburga

5
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Photography Tours and Trail Ridge Road. Do your shopping at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures. Go for a jaunt from Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park to see Hallett Peak about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rock Cut Brewing Company, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Estes Park vacation builder app .

You can drive from Fort Collins to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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 29th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. 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 plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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