9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour itinerary planner

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Cañon City and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Dallas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in June, you will find days in Colorado Springs are little chillier (84°F), and nights are much colder (54°F). On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road and then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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 11th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Hanging Lake Trail and then admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online tour planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 13th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista holiday planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 14th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Long House.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.