11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
2
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
End: Chicago

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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip maker app.

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in June since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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Denver

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.
Get some cultural insight at Denver Botanic Gardens and 16th Street Mall. Kids will enjoy Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Trail Ridge Road. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Aspen and Evergreen Gallery (in Estes Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

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Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Trail Ridge Road, Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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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 29th (Sat): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, thendelve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument, thenexplore the ancient world of Long House, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Denver in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Four Corners Monument
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the engaging exhibits at Glenwood Railroad Museum and then take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be slightly colder, around 50°F, while days are cooler, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Museums Shopping
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Thermal Spas
Frontier Historical Museum ©
Frontier Historical Museum
Cooper Corner Gallery ©
Cooper Corner Gallery

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