14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation planner

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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Lake
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
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Alamosa
— 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Denver Botanic Gardens as well as Denver Zoo. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver tour itinerary maker.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Denver. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Trail Ridge Road, Stanley Hotel Tour, Downtown Estes Park, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, tee off at Estes Park Golf Course, and then go for a walk through Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Gem Lake, then go for a stroll along the water at Lake Estes Marina, then take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Stanley Hotel Tour.

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

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Golf

Side Trip

Grand Lake

Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes The Beach at Grand Lake. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Lake trip planning tool.

Drive from Estes Park to Grand Lake in 2 hours. Traveling from Estes Park in July, expect Grand Lake to be much colder, temps between 53°F and 39°F. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Glenwood Springs

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Doc Holliday's Grave as well as Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail will thrill your kids. Take a break from Glenwood Springs with a short trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, about 3 hours away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail and get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Lake to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Lake in July: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Spas · Parks

Side Trip

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Cascade Falls Park, Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour and Ouray Hot Springs Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and then test the waters at Ouray Hot Springs Pool.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Ouray are somewhat warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Spas · Outdoors

Mesa Verde National Park

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Balcony House and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park tour builder site.

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. You will leave for Alamosa on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Alamosa

— 2 nights
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes High Dune Trail as well as Treasure Falls. On the 4th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Great Sand Dunes National Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Zapata Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Alamosa driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Durango to Alamosa in 3 hours. Traveling from Durango in August, Alamosa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. You will leave for home on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Alamosa

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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.