Day 1: London – Denver
Catch a flight from the UK to Denver, arriving the same day. Welcome to the Mile High City! Pick up your hire car and make your way into the city. Stay 2 nights at the Grand Hyatt Denver (or similar).
Day 2: Denver
Spend a full day exploring Colorado’s state capital, a modern metropolis with a Rocky Mountain backdrop. Why not learn more about the city’s past at the History Colorado Center or the United States Mint? You might also like to chill out in one of Denver’s lush green spaces or take a brewery tour. Colorado produces more beer by volume than any other state in the US and Denver is the ultimate boutique brewing capital. In the evening, check out what’s on at the stunning Red Rocks Amphitheatre, just out of town.
Day 3: Denver – Rocky Mountain National Park (approx. 65 miles)
Your destination today is the little town of Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Here you’ll be surrounded by soaring snow-capped peaks and alpine flower meadows which are a haven for elk, moose, coyote and mountain lions. The most popular route through the park is along the Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the USA. Stay 1 night at the Rocky Mountain Park Inn (or similar).
Day 4: Rocky Mountain National Park – Breckenridge – Vail - Aspen - Grand Junction (approx. 334 miles)
Make your way south west to Grand Junction today with plenty of opportunities for scenic stops along the way. Pretty Breckenridge is an historic town and popular year round resort whilst Vail and Aspen are famous ski resorts in the Rockies with many summer activities available too. Stay 1 night at the Doubletree by Hilton Grand Junction (or similar).
Day 5: Grand Junction – Canyonlands National Park – Moab (approx. 113 miles)
This morning, you might like to check out the stunning Colorado National Monument before making your way to Canyonlands National Park, a colourful landscape that has been eroded over millennia into thousands of canyons, buttes and mesas by the Colorado River. From the park, make your way back into Moab. Stay 2 nights at the Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn (or similar).
Day 6: Moab – Arches National Park - Moab (approx. 10 miles)
Just 4 miles north of Moab, Arches National Park covers an area of 119 square miles and is famous for its unique red sandstone rock formations, including over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. The most commonly photographed of these is the stunning Delicate Arch which has become a national landmark and a symbol of Utah, depicted on state licence plates. The afternoon is yours at leisure – why not take advantage of one of the many outdoor activities on offer in Moab, including white water rafting, rock climbing and 4X4 drives into the canyons?
Day 7: Moab – Mesa Verde National Park - Durango (approx. 158 miles)
Cross the Colorado state line at Monticello and make your way to Mesa Verde National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the country, including jaw-dropping dwellings hewn out of the cliffs. The largest of these is the multi-storey Cliff Palace which dates back more than 700 years and would have housed around 125 people. Stay 1 night at the Doubletree by Hilton Durango (or similar).
Day 8: Durango
Durango is a charming mining town with tree-lined streets, Victorian saloon bars and elegant hotels. The historic centre offers unique boutiques and some great restaurants. You might also like to hop aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a 19th century steam driven locomotive taking you through the San Juan Mountains to the small mining town of Silverton. Alternatively there’s more white water to raft along on the Animas River.
Day 9: Durango – Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park - Gunnison (approx. 171 miles)
Leave Durango today and drive up through the San Juan Mountains to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. This park contains 12 miles of a dramatically narrow and deep canyon formed by the Colorado River. There are some fantastic scenic drives here including those along US Highway 50 and Colorado Highway 92. You’ll continue along Highway 50 to Gunnison where you'll be stopping for the night. Stay 1 night at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Gunnison (or similar).
Day 10: Gunnison – Colorado Springs (approx. 171 miles)
Your last stop is in Colorado Springs where you have an afternoon to explore. Perhaps visit Manitou Springs and take the world's highest cog railway up to the top of Pike’s Peak or visit the spectacular Garden of the Gods with its impressive sandstone rock formations. Back in town there are plenty of tempting shops and restaurants for your last evening in Colorado. Stay 1 night at the Courtyard Colorado Springs South (or similar).
Day 11: Colorado Springs - Denver – London
There should be time today to grab some last minute souvenirs of your holiday before you head to the airport and return your hire car. Then it’s time to board your overnight flight back to the UK.
Included in your Fly Drive Holiday
- Hotel accommodation
- Economy flights
- Airport taxes, fuel & duty
- Car rental where stated
- Any applicable offers
Not included: Airport transfers, meals, sightseeing & personal expenses
Flights from regional UK airports available
Remember, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your needs, contact our travel experts today, call us on 0208 290 9751.