10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 15 min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
New Castle
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scenic River Tours as well as Colorado National Monument. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): shake up your sightseeing with Scenic River Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument.

Discover how to plan a Montrose trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Philadelphia to Montrose is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Montrose is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Montrose, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Scenic River Tours, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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 10th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

Before you visit Mesa Verde National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Montrose to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Montrose in September, with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

1
night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
You've now added Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, then trek along Tunnel Drive, and then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Canon City trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Canon City in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 56°F in Canon City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Museums

Side Trip

Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours ©
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum ©
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spas, Garden of the Gods, Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides, and other attractions you added. On the 13th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, walk around Garden of the Gods, see WildSide 4x4 Tours, then take a memorable tour with Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides, then learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Denver visit planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Canon City to Denver in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel to New Castle.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Estes Park, Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides, Garden of the Gods
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
WildSide 4x4 Tours ©
WildSide 4x4 Tours
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

2
nights
New Castle

New Castle ©
The Town of New Castle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Rocky Mountains has been added to your itinerary. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, then trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read New Castle holiday app.

You can drive from Denver to New Castle in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in New Castle can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Castle

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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