9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Pittsburgh

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.
Get some cultural insight at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and 16th Street Mall. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, pick up some local products at The Source, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Union Station.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planning site .

Pittsburgh to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Pittsburgh in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Belmar
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. On your second day here, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District, and then stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary app .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City Historic District ©
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see ratings and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, plan for little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car 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 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Durango travel route builder .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

#Tours, #Adventure, #Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 15th (Sat): stroll through Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip builder tool .

You can drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for little chillier days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Thermal Spas
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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