10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Golden
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cortez
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and ANA Money Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College and Ghost Town Museum. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun, learn more about the world around you at May Natural History Museum of the Tropics, stop by Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and explore the historical opulence of Miramont Castle Museum.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs journey planner.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from New York City in August, with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Golden.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum ©
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
ANA Money Museum ©
ANA Money Museum

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Golden

Golden ©
Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): examine the collection at Colorado Railroad Museum, then see the interesting displays at Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Morrison Natural History Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Cherokee Ranch and Castle.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Golden trip site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Golden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or fly. In August in Golden, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Golden

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Morrison Natural History Museum, Cherokee Ranch and Castle
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Cherokee Ranch and Castle ©
Cherokee Ranch and Castle
Morrison Natural History Museum ©
Morrison Natural History Museum

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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.
On the 7th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Stanley Steam Car Museum, then shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass, then see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Baldpate Inn Key Room Collection.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park online vacation builder .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Golden to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Estes Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums Shopping
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Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass
Estes Park Museum ©
Estes Park Museum

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Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Towac Visitor Center and then explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cortez trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Estes Park to Cortez. In August, daily temperatures in Cortez can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center, Towac Visitor Center
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument

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