10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 16th Street Mall and Union Station. Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Change things up with a short trip to Pearl Street Mall in Boulder (about 34 minutes away). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo and sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planning site .

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Newark in June since evenings lows in Denver dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): view the masterpieces at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, then view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then look for gifts at Purple Mountain Taffy Company, and finally cruise along Trail Ridge Road. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Estes Park driving holiday planner .

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 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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.
On the 4th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in July: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
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.
On the 6th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Long House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In July in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
night
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 7th (Sun): shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery, then stop by Sioux Villa Curio, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 50°F at night. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Outdoors
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Sioux Villa Curio ©
Sioux Villa Curio

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