9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Taxi:  7​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Dallas

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park route planner .

Dallas to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Dallas in March, plan for slightly colder days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 59°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

3
nights
Estes Park

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Aspen and Evergreen Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Winter Park Resort and Many Parks Curve Overlook. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Hallett Peak (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and Allenspark (Eagle Plume Trading Post & Chapel on the Rock). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, and take in the exciting artwork at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Park Resort, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
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Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Spas
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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 11th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall, then catch a live performance at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Denver tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in March, plan for little chillier days in Denver, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Pearl Street Mall
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then take a stroll through Old Colorado City, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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