14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Orlando, Florida
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Orlando, Florida

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
Get outdoors at Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail. Step out of Glenwood Springs to go to Crested Butte and see Crested Butte Mountain Resort, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Orlando to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Orlando to Glenwood Springs. Traveling from Orlando in May, expect Glenwood Springs to be cooler, temps between 50°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Canon City.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Maroon Bells
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll through Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Canon City trip planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Canon City by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Canon City: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Garden of the Gods and Seven Falls. Visit Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City Historic District for their historical value. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planning site .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in May, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then make a trip to 16th Street Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station. On your second day here, enjoy some music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then stop by Tattered Cover Bookstore, and finally look for gifts at Twist and Shout.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Denver attractions planning app .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. May in Denver sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Balcony House and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Denver in May, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (74°F), and nights are slightly colder (38°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

2
nights
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.
To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Durango sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Durango are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument

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