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.
On the 1st (Sat), examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then stop by Honeyville.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Durango trip planner .

Dallas to Durango is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Durango. When traveling from Dallas in June, plan for little chillier days in Durango, with highs around 85°F, while nights are colder with lows around 44°F. 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
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Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), explore the ancient world of Long House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park journey builder site .

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. June in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), savor the flavors at The Source, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and finally shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Belmar, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Denver tour itinerary maker tool .

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 June, plan for little chillier days in Denver, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 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

Shopping Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Belmar, Pearl Street Mall
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In June in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

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 6th (Thu): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 79°F and lows of 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Popular historic sites such as Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip tool .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

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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