9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​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 19th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip planning app .

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Chicago in November, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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 21st (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, ponder the world of politics at Colorado Governor's Mansion, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station. On the next day, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, stroll through Denver Zoo, and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Denver travel planner.

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online holiday planner .

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In November in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planner .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in November, things will get slightly colder in Aspen: highs are around 47°F and lows about 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Durango day trip planning website .

You can fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in November, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours
Highlights from your plan

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Balcony House and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mesa Verde National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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