7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary builder

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

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of 16th Street Mall. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Denver planner.

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get a tailor-made plan with Estes Park Guided Tours and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip builder site.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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 10th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs road trip site.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in October: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 11th (Mon), 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 more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary builder.

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. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in October: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 34°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

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.