7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Rifle
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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 10th (Mon), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods and then explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak.

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Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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 12th (Wed), browse the fresh offerings at The Source, then catch a live performance at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then hunt for treasures at Boulder County Farmers Market, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, then look for gifts at Belmar, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Denver tour itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boulder, Belmar
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Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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 14th (Fri), enjoy the views from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then look for gifts at Honeyville, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Durango trip builder .

Do a combination of train and flight from Denver to Durango in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Denver in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Durango, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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 15th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Long House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
day
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. On the 16th (Sun), stroll through Rifle Gap State Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rifle online trip builder .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Rifle in 5.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rifle can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rifle

Parks Nature Beaches
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

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