13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Long House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park attractions planning website .

Detroit to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in March: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cortez
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Durango itinerary maker .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in March, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 24°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and then get engrossed in the history at Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Crested Butte vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Crested Butte takes 4.5 hours. In March, Crested Butte is a bit cooler than Durango - with highs of 42°F and lows of 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort

2
nights
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 28th (Wed): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs travel planner.

Traveling by car from Crested Butte to Glenwood Springs takes 4 hours. Traveling from Crested Butte in March, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (35°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (22°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Trails
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Glen Eyrie Castle. Step out of the city life by going to Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, play a few rounds at The Broadmoor Golf Courses, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in March, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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.
Union Station and Denver Museum of Nature & Science are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 16th Street Mall and Molly Brown House Museum. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Downtown Aquarium, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Denver visit website .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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