6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights


Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Go for a jaunt from Mesa Verde National Park to Teec Nos Pos to see Four Corners Monument about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Balcony House, admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and make a trip to Park Point.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park attractions planner.

Philadelphia to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Philadelphia to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Philadelphia in June, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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 9th (Wed): make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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.