13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Denver
— 2 nights
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
5
Fruita
— 1 night
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
7
Durango
— 2 nights

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.
Let the collections at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Art Museum capture your imagination. Visit Denver Union Station and Trinity United Methodist Church for their historical value. Take a break from Denver with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary builder tool.

Newark to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Denver. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Newark in May; daily highs in Denver reach 66°F and lows reach 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

2
nights
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 31st (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Brownfield's, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park travel planner.

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum and then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, explore the galleries of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in June, with highs in Buena Vista at 79°F and lows at 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): have fun and explore at John McConnell Math and Science Center, then engage your brain at Children's Nature Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fruita planning app.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Fruita in 4 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in June: high temperatures in Fruita hover around 91°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Children's Nature Center ©
Children's Nature Center

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Long House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, make a trip to Far View Sites, and then learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Fruita to Mesa Verde National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango trip 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. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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