8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
2
Denver
— 2 nights
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
4
Durango
— 1 night
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night

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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.
On the 22nd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. On your second day here, stroll around Garden of the Gods, then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs route maker site.

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Chicago in May, with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

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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.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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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 26th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally make a trip to Far View Sites. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Step House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Denver in May, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Durango.

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Durango trip maker.

You can 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. In May in Durango, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing
Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs holiday maker site.

Getting from Durango to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Durango in May: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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