12 day Colorado National Parks self-drive
Days 1 - 2 Denver
Start your Colorado adventure in Denver – a place packed full of things to do! Get to know the city on foot or pick up a bike and wander the vibrant neighbourhoods. Just 5 minutes from Downtown, check out the arts and crafts of the River North Art District (RiNo) plus hip restaurants and art galleries. Head uptown for long stretches of bars, bistros and cafes set amongst the spectacular greenery of City Park. Sample your way through 30 top beers at the Denver Beer Trail, or catch a game at the world-famous Denver Broncos, the choice is yours!
Staying at: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Denver
Days 3 - 4 Rocky Mountain National Park
As one of the most popular National Parks in the USA, the Rockies will leave you breathless with its picture-perfect peaks, lakes and trails. Enjoy the tranquillity as you watch the wildlife including elk, moose and many beautiful birds. With 355 miles of walking trails, you won’t be short of steps! Head to Alberta Falls for stunning views or grab your camera for Instagold at the alpine lakes.
Staying at: Best Western Plus Silver Saddle Inn, Estes Park
Days 5 - 6 Colorado National Monument
Wild and wondrous, take a drive along the 23 miles for 19 stupendous scenic spots in Colorado National Monument – with awesome wind and water-sculpted rock formations, don’t miss Window Rock, Praying Hands and Kissing Couple. Explore this wild land and join a ranger for activities such as hiking and searching out wildflowers and lizards.
Staying at: Best Western Grande River Inn & Suites, Clifton
Day 7 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
The Grand Canyon of Colorado, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is epic! This beauty is some of the world’s oldest exposed rock – nearly 2 billion years old! Perfect for scenic drives with 2000 ft drops. Enjoy hiking, fishing, nature trails, wildlife and wonders.
Staying at: Hampton Inn Montrose
Day 8 Mesa Verde National Park
Drive through the Million Dollar Highway – one of Colorado’s most scenic roads to Mesa Verde National Park. Discover the ancient cliff dwellings, trails and ruins.
Staying at: Far View Lodge Durango
Day 9 Great Sand Dunes National Park
This mammoth sandpit spans 30 square miles, reaching heights of 750ft! Get your lactic acid pumping and scale the dunes before finding your inner child and slide down the other side. And don't miss Pagosa Springs for sun and rejuvenating hot springs.
Staying at: Best Western, Alamosa
Day 10 - 11 Colorado Springs
Feeling fit? Don your walking shoes and take on the Manitou Incline – the 2,800 steps over 2,000 vertical feet will certainly get you heart going! Free to enter, the Garden of the Gods is a spectacular sight – get your cameras at the ready! Stop by the Pikes Peak region for a ghost town or pan for gold in the glistening rivers.
Staying at: Hilton Garden Inn, Colorado Springs
Day 12 Denver
Make your way back to the city you started at ready for your connection home.