11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7 h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  8 h 30 min
End: New York City

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.
Union Station and 16th Street Mall will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and St. John's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, and admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Denver travel route planner.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Denver is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

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Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery ©
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 16th (Thu), learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canon City, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

1
day
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 17th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Long House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning app .

Getting from Canon City to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Canon City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Durango.

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
night
Durango

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the galleries of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then look for gifts at Animas Chocolate Company, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Durango online trip maker .

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 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery
Animas Chocolate Company ©
Animas Chocolate Company

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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 19th (Sun): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs route maker website .

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 47°F at night. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Spas Nature
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Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

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