7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Joplin
Fly:  10​h
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Mesa Verde National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Joplin

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs attractions website .

Joplin to Colorado Springs is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Joplin to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Joplin in September since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Wed), enjoy some music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver journey planning tool .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Denver

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Childrens Museums
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Union Station ©
Union Station

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs day trip planner.

You can drive from Denver to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in September, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are colder (59°F), and nights are a bit cooler (42°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

#Spas, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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hours
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.
On the 6th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are warmer, around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
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.
On the 7th (Sat), make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Durango vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Durango are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

#Tours, #Museums
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