11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Atlanta
Fly:  5 h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Atlanta

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Gorge Route Railroad. On the 12th (Fri), tour the old-fashioned way with Royal Gorge Route Railroad and then stroll around Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

Plan my day in Colorado Springs using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Atlanta to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Atlanta in June since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Tours

Side Trips

Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): trek along High Dune Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Outdoors
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, thenadmire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Durango travel website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Durango. June in Durango sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Adventure Museums Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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 17th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, thensteep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, thenexplore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Park Point, thenstroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, thendelve into the distant past at Long House, and finally make a trip to Step House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip maker tool.

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. In June, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

2
nights
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Barr Trail to Pikes Peak. Kids will enjoy Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop. Step out of Manitou Springs to go to Cripple Creek and see Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline, get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc, and browse the exhibits of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manitou Springs attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Manitou Springs takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you will find days in Manitou Springs are little chillier (80°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop

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