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:  6​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stop by Snowmass Sports.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder .

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. Traveling from New York City to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in March; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach 35°F and lows reach 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Snowmass Sports, Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Farming Terraces, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then take an in-depth tour of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In March in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Pearl Street Mall, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally browse the fresh offerings at The Source. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Denver day trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

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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