12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
2
Durango
— 3 nights
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
4
Boulder
— 2 nights
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Chicago to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chicago in July; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Adventure
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Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Iron Mountain Hot Springs ©
Iron Mountain Hot Springs

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cliff Palace and Balcony House are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Off-Road Tours and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Long House (in Mesa Verde National Park) and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Durango tour planning tool.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Durango are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
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Zipline
Off-Road Tours
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, thenshop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Estes Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods
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Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Spas

2
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Humane Society of Boulder Valley, stroll around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, thentrek along Flatirons, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Boulder Creek Path. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pearl Street Mall, thenstop by Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Boulder trip maker.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Boulder takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Boulder sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Shopping Trails

Side Trip

Benson Park Sculpture Garden
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Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

2
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.
On the 13th (Mon), stroll around Garden of the Gods, delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then visit Old Colorado City. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip planning app.

Getting from Boulder to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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