10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Golden
— 3 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Cortez Municipal Airport
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Cortez
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Garden of the Gods and Old Colorado City will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and Palmer Park. Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to Cripple Creek in Cripple Creek, about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop and enjoy some music at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs. Traveling from New York City in July, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Golden.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Golden

— 3 nights

Lowell of the West

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mother Cabrini Shrine and Dinosaur Ridge. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Roxborough State Park and Hamill House Museum. When in Golden, make a side trip to see Deer Creek Canyon Park in Littleton, approximately Littleton away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at White River National Forest.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Golden attractions site.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Golden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Golden

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cortez

— 3 nights
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.
Cliff Palace and Towac Visitor Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Hovenweep National Monument and Balcony House will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Cortez to Mesa Verde National Park to see Spruce Tree House about 54 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Yucca House National Monument.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cortez trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Golden to Cortez with the Route module. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cortez when traveling from Golden in July, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.