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:  7​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
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.
On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs route planner.

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 when traveling from New York City to Glenwood Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, expect Glenwood Springs to be colder, temps between 59°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, explore the stunning scenery at Colorado National Monument, and then do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fruita vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Fruita takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for much hotter days in Fruita, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Downtown Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument, Maison la Belle Vie Winery
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Maison la Belle Vie Winery ©
Maison la Belle Vie Winery

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

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Traveling by car from Fruita to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Fruita in September, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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 19th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall and then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 52°F in Denver. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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