6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Taxi:  7​h
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Minneapolis to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Minneapolis, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Durango road trip site .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July in Durango, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours
Highlights from your plan

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Colorado Springs

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 13th (Fri): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs tour planning tool .

Getting from Durango to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. July in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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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 14th (Sat): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Tattered Cover Bookstore, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver route planner .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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