12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly + Bus:  8 h
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h
7
Georgetown
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Richmond

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Estes Park Trolleys. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): categoryPhrases.phrase.deepen_your_understanding_of_the_past_and_present_with Estes Park Trolleys and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park road trip planner.

Richmond to Estes Park is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Richmond to Estes Park. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Richmond in August since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 4th (Tue), trek along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, contemplate the waterfront views at Cache La Poudre River, and then sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Benson Park Sculpture Garden, then explore the engaging exhibits at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Odell Brewing Company, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Annual Flower Trial Garden.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fort Collins trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. In August in Fort Collins, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Benson Park Sculpture Garden
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Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

1
night
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.
You've now added National Museum of World War II Aviation to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. August in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, then walk around Buena Vista River Park, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista itinerary site.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect Buena Vista to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Climbing Tours
Sundance and Friends ©
Sundance and Friends

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.
On the 8th (Sat), test the waters at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Adventure Tours
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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 9th (Sun), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Animas River Trail, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Durango holiday planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Georgetown.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Georgetown

The historic Town of Georgetown is the Territorial Charter Municipality that is the county seat of Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Georgetown side-trips: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland), Idaho Springs (Maison de Ski, River Rafting & Tubing, &more) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). There's much more to do: cruise along Guanella Pass, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Summit Lake Park, examine the collection at Argo Mill and Tunnel, and take in the natural beauty of Indian Hot Springs.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Georgetown trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Durango to Georgetown in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Durango in August, you will find days in Georgetown are colder (50°F), and nights are a bit cooler (36°F). On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Georgetown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Hidee Gold Mine, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Hidee Gold Mine ©
Hidee Gold Mine

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