10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner.

Chicago to Estes Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Chicago in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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 3rd (Fri), delve into the distant past at Long House, thendelve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. July in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours and then explore and take pictures at Million Dollar Highway. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary builder website.

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. July in Durango sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 6th (Mon), test the waters at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: hike along Hanging Lake Trail, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista day trip website.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

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 9th (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planning site.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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