9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fremont
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
End: Fremont

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum. Visit Union Station and St. John's Cathedral for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs (about 38 minutes away). There's more to do: meet the residents at Denver Zoo and glide through natural beauty at Cherry Creek State Park.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Denver day trip planner .

Fremont to Denver is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fremont to Denver due to the time zone difference. In May, Denver is a bit cooler than Fremont - with highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cherry Creek State Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

1
night
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 30th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

1
night
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.
On the 31st (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are colder (46°F), and nights are little chillier (33°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stop by Honeyville, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango day trip planning site .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House and then learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip builder .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. June in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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