6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: San Antonio

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 25th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then stroll through Garden of the Gods. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs journey maker website .

San Antonio to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Antonio to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Antonio in December, expect Colorado Springs to be colder, temps between 45°F and 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Thu), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Denver Zoo, browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver travel planning website .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Denver sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 19°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 15°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Durango travel route builder .

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. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in December, and nighttime lows around 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

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