11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Durango
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Durango

— 3 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Off-Road Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango tour planner.

Little Rock to Durango is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Little Rock to Durango, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Little Rock in July, with highs in Durango at 86°F and lows at 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll around Buena Vista River Park and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista holiday app.

Traveling by car from Durango to Buena Vista takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. In July, Buena Vista is little chillier than Durango - with highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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 28th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, then trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then hike along North Inlet Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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 31st (Fri): walk around Garden of the Gods and then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 86°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.