15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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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 31st (Mon): see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Arkansas River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista day trip planning app.

Phoenix to Buena Vista is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in May; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 62°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then shop like a local with Art on 8th.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip planning site.

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 June, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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 3rd (Thu): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Estes Park road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in June: highs in Estes Park hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Denver to Idaho Springs to see River Rafting & Tubing about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver online tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Skyline Drive). There's still lots to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip builder.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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 11th (Fri), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll through Animas River Trail.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Durango driving holiday tool.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Durango in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, Durango is a bit cooler at night with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 13th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park vacation planning website.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. June in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

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.