9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Boston

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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 16th (Mon): do a tasting at Talon Winery and then stop by Enstrom's. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, do a tasting at Red Fox Cellars, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction trip tool .

Boston to Grand Junction is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in April, you will find days in Grand Junction are somewhat warmer (66°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trip

Palisade
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Talon Winery ©
Talon Winery

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Thu), browse the exhibits of Cortez Cultural Center, then take an in-depth tour of Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] & Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and then delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cortez attractions planner .

Getting from Grand Junction to Cortez by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Grand Junction in April, plan for little chillier nights in Cortez, with lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Cortez

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs journey planner.

You can drive from Cortez to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cortez in April: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 29°F. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods and then see the interesting displays at The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. April in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery ©
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery

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nights
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 23rd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass, Inc and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

The Beach at Grand Lake
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Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

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