12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado visit planner

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Fly to Telluride, Drive to Durango
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
Fly

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Durango

— 1 night
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 14th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Durango online trip itinerary maker.

Cincinnati to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Durango due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cincinnati in June since evenings lows in Durango dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 16th (Wed): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip maker.

You can fly from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for little chillier days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Tours · Trails

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 17th (Thu): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, walk around Buena Vista River Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, and then see Off-Road Tours.

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You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Buena Vista are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 54°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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 24th (Thu), go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo and then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Denver route planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trips

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.