8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Philadelphia
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Boulder
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
Philadelphia

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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.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Union Station and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, look for gifts at Tattered Cover Bookstore, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

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Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Denver. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in April; daily highs in Denver reach 60°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

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Union Station ©
Union Station
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stop by McGuckin Hardware, get into the urban bustle at Dairy Arts Center, and then shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall.

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Drive from Denver to Boulder in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Boulder sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

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Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Dairy Arts Center ©
Dairy Arts Center
McGuckin Hardware ©
McGuckin Hardware

1
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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 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District.

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Drive from Boulder to Colorado Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Zoos & Aquariums

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Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Old Colorado City Historic District ©

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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 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Colorado Springs in April, with lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.

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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stop by Honeyville, then delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

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You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. April in Durango sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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