5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

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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 15th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site .

Kansas City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Kansas City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
North Pole - Santa's Workshop ©
North Pole - Santa's Workshop

2
nights
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 16th (Tue): pick up some local products at The Source, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then hunt for treasures at Boulder County Farmers Market, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip builder .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Boulder
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Earthwood Artisans, then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Estes Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

#Scenic Drive, #Outdoors, #Spas
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Spas & Wellness
Earthwood Artisans ©
Earthwood Artisans

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.
On the 19th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Balcony House and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park holiday builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Estes Park in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 34°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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