6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey builder

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 21st (Sun), get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip maker tool.

Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip builder website.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Denver

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): catch a live event at Coors Field, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver day trip tool.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 5°C in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 25th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.