9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): trek along Palmer Park, then see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mueller State Park.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip maker app .

Fort Lauderdale to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Fort Lauderdale, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

Mueller State Park, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
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Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site ©
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Mueller State Park ©
Mueller State Park

2
nights
Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Browns Canyon Rafting to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Pike National Forest, experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then make a short side trip with Browns Canyon Rafting. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Temple Israel, then examine the collection at Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin, and then stroll through Mineral Belt Trail.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in June: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 79°F and lows are around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Leadville, Pike National Forest
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Browns Canyon Rafting ©
Browns Canyon Rafting
Temple Israel ©
Temple Israel
Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin ©
Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin

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 1st (Sun): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Long House, make a trip to Step House, then don't miss a visit to Park Point, and finally see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum..

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park tour builder website .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
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 3rd (Tue), view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery, then explore the activities along Animas River, and then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Animas Museum, have fun at Durango Community Recreation Center, then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail, and finally get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Durango online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Animas River ©
Animas River
River Rafting & Tubing
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail

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