5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner.

Washington DC to Estes Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in February, Estes Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums
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1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs route planner .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in February: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
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2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, then get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs road trip website .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Pagosa Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In February in Pagosa Springs, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 17°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls

1
night
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.
To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Durango travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in February, and nighttime lows around 18°F. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Shopping
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Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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