5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Dallas

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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 20th (Sat): test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail and then see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planning tool .

Dallas to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in October: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 47°F and lows are around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally stroll through Farming Terraces.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online attractions planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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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 23rd (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

For other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Denver holiday tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, Denver is a bit warmer at night with lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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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 24th (Wed), stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs online journey planner .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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