7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h
End: Knoxville

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then browse the fresh offerings at The Source. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Union Station, tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, and then listen to music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver day trip planning site .

Knoxville to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Knoxville to Denver. Traveling from Knoxville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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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 17th (Mon): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

Plan a Colorado Springs trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. September in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, soothe aching muscles at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista holiday app .

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by combination of car and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Canon City in September, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around 73°F and lows about 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

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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 20th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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