9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
4
Boulder
— 1 night
5
Denver
— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Step House and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park tour website.

Fort Lauderdale to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Mesa Verde National Park. When traveling from Fort Lauderdale in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are colder with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive 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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs day trip planning website.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas
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Thermal Spas

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
On the 13th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planning website.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and car. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Photography Tours

1
night
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 15th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Flatirons, hike along Mount Sanitas Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Humane Society of Boulder Valley, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Avery Brewing Company.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Boulder trip builder tool.

Getting from Estes Park to Boulder by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Boulder, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Humane Society of Boulder Valley ©
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
Avery Brewing Company ©
Avery Brewing Company

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 16th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station and then don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary maker website.

Denver is very close to Boulder. In September, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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