9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Louisville
Fly:  5​h
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Crested Butte
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Cortez
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Louisville

2
days
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 24th (Sat), stop by Tattered Cover Book Store, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Union Station, Denver, CO. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Denver travel route planning website .

Louisville to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Louisville to Denver due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Louisville in March since evenings lows in Denver dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Denver Zoo
Denver Zoo
Union Station, Denver, CO
Union Station, Denver, CO
Molly Brown House Museum
Molly Brown House Museum

2
days
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, then explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Conference Center, and then take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then see the interesting displays at The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Glen Eyrie Conference Center
Glen Eyrie Conference Center

1
day
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 28th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in March: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 35°F, while lows dip to 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas
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Thermal Spas

1
day
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
The Town of Crested Butte is a Home Rule Municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see a world frozen in time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and then hit the slopes at Crested Butte Nordic Center.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Crested Butte trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Crested Butte in 4 hours. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Crested Butte, with highs around 42°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Crested Butte Nordic Center
Crested Butte Nordic Center

2
days
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cortez itinerary planner .

Drive from Crested Butte to Cortez in 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Crested Butte in March; daily highs in Cortez reach 56°F and lows reach 24°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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