11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 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 ©
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 23rd (Sun): explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs journey 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 changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Chicago in June, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

5
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 some cultural sightseeing at 16th Street Mall and Aspen and Evergreen Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Spend the 25th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, stroll through Denver Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Denver online attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, Trail Ridge Road, River Rafting & Tubing
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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

3
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 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then appreciate the history behind Four Corners Monument, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and finally trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online travel route builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Denver in June: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Four Corners Monument
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Long House ©
Long 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the engaging exhibits at Glenwood Railroad Museum and then take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs road trip app .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Museums Shopping
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Thermal Spas
Frontier Historical Museum ©
Frontier Historical Museum

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