10 days in Colorado & Dallas Itinerary

10 days in Colorado & Dallas Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
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Durango — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango road trip site.

Dallas to Durango is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, shuttle, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in May, expect nights in Durango to be much colder, around 35°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Denver.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Denver — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall. On the next day, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and then get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Denver online trip builder.

Fly from Durango to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Durango in May since evenings lows in Denver dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Colorado Springs — 3 nights

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Cañon City and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Dallas.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Dallas — 3 nights

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Take a break from Dallas with a short trip to Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District in Fort Worth, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: walk around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Reunion Tower, and observe the fascinating underwater world at The Dallas World Aquarium.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dallas journey planner.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Dallas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in May: highs in Dallas hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.