11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Belfast
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Belfast

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): 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 take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip site .

Belfast, UK to Denver is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Belfast to Denver, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Belfast, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

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

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 12th (Tue), shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Estes Park road trip tool .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

1
night
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 14th (Thu), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Durango trip planner .

You can fly from Estes Park to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Estes Park in May, Durango is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Durango in May: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip maker website .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

4
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel route planner .

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in May: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 23°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Trails

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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