9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey builder

Make it your trip
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
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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 1st (Sat), delve into the distant past at Long House and then make a trip to Park Point. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning site.

Minneapolis to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 38°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can 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 3rd (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park journey builder website.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. In May in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Grand Junction

— 2 nights
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, then do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, then do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, and finally learn about winemaking at Debeque Canyon Winery.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Grand Junction are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in May, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are colder (46°F), and nights are a bit cooler (33°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Denver.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Tours · Trails

Denver

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Garden of the Gods (in Colorado Springs) and Pikes Peak - America's Mountain (in Cascade). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Denver tour planning app.

You can fly from Glenwood Springs to Denver in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Glenwood Springs in May; daily highs in Denver reach 66°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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.