7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Durango
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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 22nd (Sat): stop by Snowmass Sports.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs itinerary builder site .

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 59°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Trails

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

1
day
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 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, stop by Honeyville, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Long House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

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

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip maker .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
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.
On the 27th (Thu), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then browse the different shops at Pearl Street Mall. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then steep yourself in history at Union Station.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Denver sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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