9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Durango
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): trek along Hanging Lake Trail. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Newark to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In August, Glenwood Springs is much colder than Newark - with highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Maroon Bells
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
day
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then look for gifts at Honeyville, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Durango attractions planning site .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September: highs in Durango hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Long House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip builder tool .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. September in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then stroll through Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Denver travel route builder website .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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