9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Durango
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Tampa

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online holiday builder .

Tampa to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tampa to Glenwood Springs. In March, Glenwood Springs is cooler than Tampa - with highs of 35°F and lows of 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
day
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 2nd (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango trip planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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 4th (Thu), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, contemplate the long history of History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion, get a sense of history and politics at Colorado Governor's Mansion, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Denver day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stroll through The Beach at Grand Lake and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake, get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park route planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. April in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

The Beach at Grand Lake, Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Bierstadt Lake ©
Bierstadt Lake
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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 8th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

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