9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Grand Junction
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 1 night

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 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 tour the pleasant surroundings at 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.

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Indianapolis to Denver is an approximately 4-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 · Museums

Side Trip

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

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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 fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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

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You can fly from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. 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

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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. 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

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
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.

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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 fly back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

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.