6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Denver
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly

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Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 16th Street Mall and Molly Brown House Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Art Museum. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, catch a live event at Coors Field, stop by Belmar, and steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To find maps and other tourist information, use the Denver planner.

Richmond to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Richmond to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Richmond in October, expect Denver to be a bit cooler, temps between 67°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 17th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park tour planner.

Getting from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Denver in October since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Durango

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango and then take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Durango route planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In October in Durango, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Durango to Colorado Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Durango in October since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 39°F. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Colorado travel guide

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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.