9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Boston

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Sat), look for gifts at Bags by Cab Yarn Shoppe, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Union Station and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Denver tour itinerary planner.

Boston to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Boston to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in September, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Denver. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then stroll through Garden of the Gods, and then stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online road trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

Garden of the Gods Trading Post
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods Trading Post ©
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Long House, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 45°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument and then cruise along Million Dollar Highway. On your second day here, stop by Earthen Vessel Gallery and then delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Million Dollar Highway, Aztec Ruins National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument

1
day
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 25th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

Plan trip to Glenwood Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Durango in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery

2
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.
On the 26th (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online trip planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect nights in Estes Park to be a bit warmer, around 50°F, while days are much warmer, around 81°F. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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