10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

2
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Visit Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods for their historical value. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs itinerary builder tool .

Minneapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect Buena Vista to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Elevation Beer Company
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River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

Plan trip to Glenwood Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Adventure Outdoors
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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Photography Tours and New Belgium Brewing. Get outdoors at Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get advice or help at Estes Park Visitor Center.

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Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for much hotter days in Estes Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, New Belgium Brewing
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Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas

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 25th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, and finally explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Long House and then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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