11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Fly
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Denver
— 3 nights

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Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 day
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Long House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online holiday planner.

Denver to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Denver, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Durango

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stroll through Animas River Trail, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Durango day trip planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Durango are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City). And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Durango to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Durango in May since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 17th (Mon), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then shop like a local with Sundance and Friends, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista road trip site.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around 62°F and lows about 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 18th (Tue): test the waters at a local thermal spa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in May, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are slightly colder (46°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Denver.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Outdoors · Nature

Denver

— 3 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.
Denver is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Glenwood Springs to Denver takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Denver is somewhat warmer than Glenwood Springs - with highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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.