12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour planner

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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Denver tour planner.

Nashville to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Denver. Traveling from Nashville in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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 2nd (Sun): appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, walk around Garden of the Gods, then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. 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.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs road trip planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Estes Park in August, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, then see Off-Road Tours, and then explore the activities along Yampa River.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 77°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are little chillier (64°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Durango

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Durango day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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.