24 days in Colorado Itinerary

24 days in Colorado Itinerary

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24 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Aspen
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Chicago

5
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.
Old Colorado City Historic District and National Museum of World War II Aviation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Glen Eyrie Castle are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Canon City (The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey & Royal Gorge Bridge and Park). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, make a trip to Olympic Training Center, admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs attractions planning site .

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in March, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 28°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Canon City, 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

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Union Station. Get some historical perspective at 16th Street Mall and Molly Brown House Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall) and Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, look for gifts at Tattered Cover Bookstore, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Washington Park.

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Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in April, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Boulder, Colorado Model Railroad Museum
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Wild Basin Area and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park's surroundings by going to Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longs Peak, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online holiday maker .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
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Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

5
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). On the 14th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Aspen Highlands. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Aspen Snowmass, take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, explore and take pictures at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aspen travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in April, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Aspen Snowmass
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Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Thermal Spas
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

2
nights
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 15th (Sun): enjoy some diversion at Durango Community Recreation Center and then learn about winemaking at Fox Fire Farms Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango tour builder .

Fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Aspen in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Durango, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Fox Fire Farms Winery
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Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
Fox Fire Farms Winery ©
Fox Fire Farms Winery

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cliff Palace and Long House. Popular historic sites such as Balcony House and Spruce Tree House are in your itinerary. Explore Mesa Verde National Park's surroundings by going to The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores) and Hovenweep National Monument (in Cortez). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Step House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Soda Canyon Overlook Trail.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Hovenweep National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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