7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly + Shuttle:  7​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

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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.
On the 22nd (Sat), delve into the distant past at Long House.

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Des Moines to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Des Moines to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Des Moines in June, plan for little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long 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 24th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Durango trip tool .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. June in Durango sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery

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 26th (Wed), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take an in-depth tour of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then stroll through Garden of the Gods.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Colorado Springs, with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Union Station, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and finally see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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