5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4 h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall. On the next day, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Denver tour itinerary website.

Minneapolis to Denver is an approximately 4- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Denver. Traveling from Minneapolis in March, you will find days in Denver are a bit warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (29°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Parks
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

1
night
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area, then have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room, and then hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vail online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Denver to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Denver, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 33°F to lows of 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Beaver Creek
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Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. On your second day here, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vail to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Vail in March, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, around 28°F, while days are much hotter, around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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