7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado planner

Make it your trip
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
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Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 17th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planning app.

Chicago to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, Glenwood Springs is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Adventure · Tours

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 day
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 (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be a bit warmer, around 56°F, while days are much hotter, around 90°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Estes Park

— 1 day
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.
On the 20th (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park trip builder tool.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Denver

— 2 nights

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.
On the 21st (Sun), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): stop by Liberty Puzzles, get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Denver online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Denver sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Museums · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs attractions planner.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Parks

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.