9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Durango
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Dallas

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hours
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): explore the galleries of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Durango trip builder site .

Dallas to Durango is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Dallas in June, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Durango: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Shopping Museums
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Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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 2nd (Sun): explore the ancient world of Long House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park travel itinerary planner.

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 June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): look for gifts at Belmar, then steep yourself in history at Union Station, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

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Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you will find days in Denver are little chillier (83°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (55°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Belmar
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. June in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 6th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 79°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Garden of the Gods. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Buena Vista in June, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

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