5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Kansas City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 39°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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 16th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with The Source, get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Boulder County Farmers Market, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

Make your Denver itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Estes Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 19th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Balcony House and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip maker.

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Estes Park in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.