16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cripple Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
End: Omaha

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 1st (Mon), stroll around Garden of the Gods and then go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Miramont Castle Museum, then find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip builder tool .

Omaha to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Omaha to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Omaha in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

2
nights
Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, and then look for gifts at Cripple Creek. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Phantom Canyon Road, see the interesting displays at Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cripple Creek travel planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Cripple Creek are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine ©
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cripple Creek to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cripple Creek in June: high temperatures in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve hover around 83°F and lows are around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): wander the wide-open spaces of James Ranch Market and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Million Dollar Highway, shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Durango. June in Durango sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway

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 8th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Park Point, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Four Corners Monument, explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument, and then learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Four Corners Monument, Hovenweep National Monument
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 54°F in Rocky Mountain National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

2
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & River Rafting & Tubing). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary site .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Idaho Springs
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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