10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + bus:  6​h
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
5
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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 22nd (Fri): see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs online tour planner .

Chicago to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Glenwood Springs. Traveling from Chicago in March, things will get slightly colder in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 35°F and lows about 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): hit the slopes at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Crested Butte Nordic Center.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Crested Butte trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Crested Butte by car takes about 3.5 hours. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Crested Butte, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Crested Butte

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

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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 25th (Mon), browse the exhibits of Toh-Atin Gallery, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Durango road trip planning website .

You can drive from Crested Butte to Durango in 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Crested Butte in March, with highs in Durango at 56°F and lows at 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally stroll through Farming Terraces.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In March in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 24°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Molly Brown House Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at 16th Street Mall and Union Station. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Boulder (Dairy Arts Center & Pearl Street Mall). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge, and contemplate the long history of History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Denver visit planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Boulder
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 30th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Colorado Springs using our trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Old Colorado City Historic District ©

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