9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
2
Durango
— 1 night
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
5
Denver
— 1 night
6
Estes Park
— 3 nights

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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 9th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Long House, thencontemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation builder.

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
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 10th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango online itinerary maker.

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 °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Thu), take a memorable tour with Tours, thensee a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista travel route planner.

Getting from Durango to Buena Vista by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or fly. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for little chillier days in Buena Vista, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

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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 12th (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, thenwalk around Garden of the Gods, and finally see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs tour planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Buena Vista in June, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, thenexplore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Denver travel route planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Denver sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, thencruise along Trail Ridge Road, thenexplore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °F in June, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park

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