10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Denver
— 2 nights
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
3
Canon City
— 1 night
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
5
Durango
— 1 night
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights

2
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 16th Street Mall and St. John's Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Union Station. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Boulder (Pearl Street Mall & Boulder County Farmers Market). There's lots more to do: see where the action happens at Coors Field, pick up some local products at The Source, stop by Belmar, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip website.

Durham to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Durham to Denver due to the time zone difference. In May, Denver is little chillier than Durham - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Boulder, Belmar
Highlights from your plan
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery and then walk around Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, thenget to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, and then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

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Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 14th (Tue), do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes an hour. In May in Canon City, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, thenget interesting insight from Tours, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Canon City in May: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

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 16th (Thu), stop by Honeyville, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango trip builder app.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Durango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or fly. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

2
nights
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 17th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Long House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip app.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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