6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Colorado Trail and Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Balcony House and Far View Sites. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Cliff Palace, Square Tower House, & more) and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez). There's more to do: view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery and grab your bike and head to Rotary Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango journey builder .

Chicago to Durango is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Durango. Traveling from Chicago in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Durango, with lows of 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
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Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Estes Park

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 21st (Mon): shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery, then stroll through Lily Lake Trailhead, and finally take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planner.

Getting from Durango to Estes Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Durango in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park, with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, then examine the collection at Forney Museum of Transportation, and finally engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Denver driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Denver, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Forney Museum of Transportation ©
Forney Museum of Transportation

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