11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Grand Junction
— 2 nights
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Silverton
— 4 nights
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Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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 1st (Sun), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planning site.

Detroit to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Denver. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Denver. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Nature · Childrens Museums · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then grab your bike and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Denver in August, plan for colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 64°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 47°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Grand Junction

— 2 nights
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Clark Family Orchards and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument, then learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, and then stop by Downtown Grand Junction.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction online tour builder.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Grand Junction, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Silverton.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Silverton

— 4 nights
The town of Silverton is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. Silverton is known for scenic drive, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway, head outdoors with Molas Pass, admire all the interesting features of San Juan Skyway, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Silverton trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Silverton in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Grand Junction in August: high temperatures in Silverton hover around 70°F and lows are around 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Silverton

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

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.