10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

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.
Get outdoors at Mount Evans and Summit Lake Park. Union Station and 16th Street Mall will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Estes Park (about 1h 50 min away). The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denver tour itinerary planning site .

Kansas City to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Denver is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Kansas City in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Summit Lake Park
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
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.
On the 25th (Tue), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs holiday maker app .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 27th (Thu), learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City driving holiday tool .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs road trip planner .

Drive from Canon City to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Canon City in September: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas
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Thermal Spas
Doc Holliday's Grave ©
Doc Holliday's Grave

1
night
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 29th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Long House.

Plan a Mesa Verde National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are warmer, around 80°F. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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