9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 22nd (Wed), get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs day trip website .

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 42°F in Colorado Springs. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Buena Vista River Park and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 62°F and lows about 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 26th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the views from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Durango online trip builder .

Getting from Buena Vista to Durango by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Traveling from Buena Vista in May, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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2
nights
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 27th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder website .

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 May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Cortez Cultural Center
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then steep yourself in history at Union Station. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Belmar and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary maker site .

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. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days in Denver, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Belmar
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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