35 days in Colorado Itinerary

35 days in Colorado Itinerary

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35 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Montrose
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Palisade
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Fort Collins
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Estes Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Denver
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Long House and Petroglyph Point Hike. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, don't miss a visit to Step House, explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, and get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park journey tool .

Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Newark to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

3
nights
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ouray Alchemist Museum and Museum of the Mountain West. Venture out of the city with trips to Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride), Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road) and Spas (in Ridgway). There's more to do: examine the collection at Ute Indian Museum and contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Montrose trip site .

Explore your travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Montrose with the Route module. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Montrose, with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Palisade.

Things to do in Montrose

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ouray, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

3
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Maison la Belle Vie Winery and Meadery of the Rockies. Change things up with a short trip to Colorado National Monument in Fruita (about 52 minutes away). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room and wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Palisade trip maker tool .

You can drive from Montrose to Palisade in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Downtown Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards

4
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.
When in Glenwood Springs, make a side trip to see Maroon Bells in Aspen, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs travel planner .

You can drive from Palisade to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Palisade in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 25th (Tue), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): see a world frozen in time at St. Elmo, then learn about winemaking at Vino Salida Wine Cellars, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary tool .

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. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in June: highs in Buena Vista hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Salida, Elevation Beer Company, St. Elmo
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company
Spas

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Pueblo Heritage Museum (in Pueblo) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Canon City). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip website .

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Buena Vista in June since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Pueblo, River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

4
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Wyoming State Museum. Explore Fort Collins' surroundings by going to Ames Monument (in Buford), Cheyenne (Cheyenne Big Boots, Cheyenne Depot Museum, & more) and Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site (in Laramie). The adventure continues: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing, do a tasting at Lost Prairie Winery, admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden, and trek along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fort Collins online attractions planner .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Cheyenne, Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, Ames Monument, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Wyoming State Museum
Wyoming State Museum

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Eagle Plume Trading Post (in Allenspark), The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery, wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Fort Collins to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Estes Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

6
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Denver Botanic Gardens and 16th Street Mall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Guanella Pass (in Georgetown) and North Table Mountain Park (in Golden). And it doesn't end there: get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, and learn about winemaking at Balistreri Vineyards.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip builder app .

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Golden, River Rafting & Tubing, Guanella Pass
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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