9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4 h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Dallas

2
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Garden of the Gods. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Dallas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. 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 a bit cooler (84°F), and nights are cooler (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): cruise along Trail Ridge Road, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rocky Mountain National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 54°F at night. 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

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

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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.
On the 11th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. On the next day, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail and then see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are cooler (66°F), and nights are a bit cooler (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 13th (Thu), experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista vacation planning site .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Buena Vista to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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 14th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past 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: delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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