5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
subway + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park itinerary tool .

San Francisco to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of subway, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Mesa Verde National Park. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 20th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Old Colorado City Historic District ©

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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.
On the 21st (Mon), see a show at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Union Station.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Denver online driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Denver

#Historic Sites, #Childrens Museums, #Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Union Station ©
Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Denver, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

#Spas, #Parks, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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