10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h
End: Chicago

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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 9th (Fri), stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs tour planner.

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in August, Colorado Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Appreciate the collections at Denver Art Museum and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder) and Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures (in Estes Park). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with 16th Street Mall, observe the fascinating underwater world at Downtown Aquarium, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, and look for gifts at Tattered Cover Bookstore.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver online travel route planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. August in Denver sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Estes Park, Pearl Street Mall
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument, then get engrossed in the history at The Anasazi Heritage Center, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Denver in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 53°F. On the 17th (Sat), you'll travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Four Corners Monument
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): test the waters at a local thermal spa.

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Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas
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Thermal Spas

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