9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
4
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights

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night
Denver

Denver ©
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 day by day itinerary now includes Garden of the Gods. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll around Garden of the Gods, then explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): make a trip to 16th Street Mall and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Denver itinerary planner.

Indianapolis to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Denver. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Denver. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road and then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

Plan trip to Estes Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
On the 9th (Wed), stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

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You can drive from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Estes Park in September, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be little chillier, around 42°F, while days are cooler, around 59°F. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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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. To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for warmer days in Grand Junction, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 54°F. You will leave for Mesa Verde National Park on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Grand Junction

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

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nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then delve into the distant past at Long House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online journey planner.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Grand Junction in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 45°F. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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