12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Trail Ridge Road and Spas. Get in touch with nature at Photography Tours and Sheep Lakes. Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip builder website.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Estes Park when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Get outdoors at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain and The Broadmoor Seven Falls. Bring the kids along to Garden of the Gods and Skyline Drive. Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip planning site.

Drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. When traveling from Estes Park in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

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 18th (Sun): head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Leadville National Fish Hatchery, stop by Sundance and Friends, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista tour planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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.
On the 20th (Tue), trot along with a tour on horseback, then get a taste of the local shopping with Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Durango route planning site.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Durango in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

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 22nd (Thu): 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. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Glenwood Springs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Durango, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

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.