5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Taxi:  7​h
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park attractions planner.

Dallas to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in September, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be cooler, around 45°F, while days are little chillier, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 23rd (Mon), take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Colorado National Monument, and then do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fruita vacation maker website .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Fruita in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fruita, with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, Downtown Grand Junction, Maison la Belle Vie Winery
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Maison la Belle Vie Winery ©
Maison la Belle Vie Winery

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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 24th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs attractions app .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in September, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be a bit cooler, around 42°F, while days are colder, around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Adventure
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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Denver day trip site .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September: high temperatures in Denver hover around 79°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Parks
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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