11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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1
Denver
— 2 nights
2
Estes Park
— Few hours
3
Grand Lake
— 2 nights
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Hotel de Paris Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Denver holiday planning app.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Denver. July in Denver sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hotel de Paris Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

few
hours
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 28th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Off-Road Tours
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
The Studio Fine Art and Framing ©
The Studio Fine Art and Framing

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nights
Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Lake online day trip planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Grand Lake by car takes about 2 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in July: high temperatures in Grand Lake hover around 53°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Winding River Resort Stables ©
Winding River Resort Stables
Spas
Never Summer Mountain Products ©
Never Summer Mountain Products

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Thu), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, then stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Cooper Corner Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Grand Lake to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Lake in July: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Nature
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©

3
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 3rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Park Point, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, explore the ancient world of Long House, then make a trip to Step House, and finally trek along Prater Ridge Trail.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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