6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Long House and then hop aboard Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary planner .

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. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs road trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 51°F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
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 24th (Mon): catch a live performance at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Denver online route maker .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Tue), trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs day trip planning app .

You can drive from Denver to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Denver in September: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Trails
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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