7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Boulder
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
7
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado and then stroll through Garden of the Gods.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Colorado Springs using our trip planner.

Charlotte to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Charlotte in June since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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 1st (Mon): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, don't miss a visit to Park Point, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Durango online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by combination of taxi and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. July in Durango sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan

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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 3rd (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rock Cut Brewing Company.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums
Highlights from your plan
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Rock Cut Brewing Company ©
Rock Cut Brewing Company

1
night
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): make a trip to Pearl Street Mall, explore the striking landscape at Flatirons, then stroll through Chautauqua Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Boulder day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Boulder takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Boulder are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Chautauqua Park ©
Chautauqua Park

1
night
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 6th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, buy something for everyone on your list at 16th Street Mall, and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Denver day trip planning website .

You can drive from Boulder to Denver in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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