10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Durham

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.
Do your shopping at Pearl Street Mall and Belmar. Get a sense of the local culture at 16th Street Mall and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Step out of Denver to go to Boulder and see Boulder County Farmers Market, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Union Station, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, browse the fresh offerings at The Source, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Denver journey maker website .

Durham to Denver is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durham in May: high temperatures in Denver hover around 66°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus 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 ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District, and then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs tour planner .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Canon City are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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. On the 15th (Wed), experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista journey planning website .

You can drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Canon City in May, with highs in Buena Vista at 62°F and lows at 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

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, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

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

Getting from Buena Vista to Durango by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Traveling from Buena Vista in May, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough 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.
On the 17th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Long House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning app .

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 May in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 38°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
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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