10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Golden
— 2 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Cortez Municipal Airport
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Cortez
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and Ghost Town Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like ANA Money Museum and Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at May Natural History Museum, delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, and explore the world behind art at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker app.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Colorado Springs, 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 · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Golden

— 2 nights

Lowell of the West

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
On the 5th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Colorado Railroad Museum, examine the collection at Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Morrison Natural History Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Cherokee Ranch and Castle.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Golden trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Golden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Golden are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Golden

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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.
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.

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Getting from Golden to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums · Shopping

Cortez

— 2 nights
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 maps, ratings, 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 · Museums

Side Trips

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.