5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Atlanta

1
night
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 10th (Thu): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Denver travel route website .

Atlanta to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Atlanta to Denver. Traveling from Atlanta in October, expect Denver to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: hike along Petroglyph Point Hike and then learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Denver in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 34°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
night
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 14th (Mon): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs route planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 47°F to lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas
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Thermal Spas

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