5 days in Colorado & Moab Itinerary

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Drive to Kansas City International Airport, Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Golden
— 1 day
Estes Park
— 1 night
— 1 night
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Colorado Springs
— 1 night


Golden — 1 day

Lowell of the West

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody.
On the 19th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum, then see the interesting displays at Mines Museum of Earth Science, and then get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Golden online vacation planner.

Tonganoxie to Golden is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tonganoxie to Golden is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Tonganoxie in October, plan for little chillier days in Golden, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Estes Park — 1 night

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 20th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

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Drive from Golden to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Estes Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can fly to Moab.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Moab — 1 night

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Deep Desert Expeditions and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Moab trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Moab takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In October, daily temperatures in Moab can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Mesa Verde National Park — 1 night

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 22nd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing site.

You can drive from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Moab in October, plan for little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Colorado Springs.
Historic Sites

Colorado Springs — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for gifts at Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs itinerary planner.

Fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.
Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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Colorado travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.