11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Corpus Christi
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Black Hawk
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Corpus Christi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip maker tool.

Corpus Christi to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Corpus Christi to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Corpus Christi in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

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
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Black Hawk.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Black Hawk

The City of Black Hawk is a Home Rule Municipality in Gilpin County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Argo Mill and Tunnel, get interesting insight from Tours, and then try your luck at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Eldorado Canyon State Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Summit Lake Park, and then try your luck at Golden Mardi Gras Casino.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Black Hawk journey planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Black Hawk in 2.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: high temperatures in Black Hawk hover around 53°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Black Hawk

Casinos Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Eldorado Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park
Eldorado Canyon State Park ©
Eldorado Canyon State Park

1
night
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 11th (Thu): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Estes Park trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Black Hawk to Estes Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Black Hawk in July, expect nights in Estes Park to be a bit warmer, around 59°F, while days are warmer, around 91°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Fri), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, thenadmire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Denver day trip site.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Denver are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Escape the urban bustle at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and North Cheyenne Canon Park. There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, wander the streets of Old Colorado City, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Before you visit Colorado Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

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