6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + bus:  6​h
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Houston

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): hike along Hanging Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker .

Houston to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Houston in June, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 66°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
day
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 27th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning app .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for much warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
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 28th (Fri): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: stop by Belmar, then steep yourself in history at Union Station, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan trip to Denver with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Denver, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Belmar, River Rafting & Tubing, Pearl Street Mall
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River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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