9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Paducah
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Boulder
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  7​h
End: Paducah

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 5th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District, then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then explore the galleries of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planning site .

Paducah to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paducah to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paducah in October: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 67°F and lows are around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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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 7th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Long House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning tool .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Colorado Springs in October, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then look for gifts at Honeyville, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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

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 October, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

2
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Rifle Gap State Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Glenwood Springs with an excursion to Maroon Bells in Aspen--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online attractions planner .

Getting from Durango to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Durango in October, plan for slightly colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 12th (Sat), get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Union Station. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Boulder County Farmers Market.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Boulder road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Boulder takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, things will get a bit warmer in Boulder: highs are around 66°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Boulder

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Denver
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16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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