8 days in Grand Rapids & Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Grand Rapids & Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 1 day
Fly
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Denver
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport

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Grand Rapids

— 1 day

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): hike along Cascade Peace Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then take a stroll through Heritage Hill Historic District, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip maker app.

Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In May in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pearl Street Mall, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Grand Rapids to Denver takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Grand Rapids to Denver. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Grand Rapids in May, with highs in Denver at 66°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 5th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Long House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online trip maker.

You can fly from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Denver in May, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be slightly colder, around 38°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): cruise along South Rim Road and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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 7th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. While traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 8th (Fri), get interesting insight from Tours, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Buena Vista trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.