16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
2
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
3
Durango
— 2 nights
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
5
Denver
— 3 nights
6
Estes Park
— 1 night

3
nights
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.
Attractions like Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs day trip planning site.

Saint Louis to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (68°F), and nights are slightly colder (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, get interesting insight from Tours, then look for gifts at Sundance and Friends, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Cottonwood Lake.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Buena Vista hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Durango itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Buena Vista in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Garden of the Gods and Battlefield Colorado will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and Canon City (Skyline Drive & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

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Fly from Durango to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Canon City, Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

3
nights
Denver

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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & Argo Mill and Tunnel) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and explore the activities along Crown Hill Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Denver online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Hidee Gold Mine, Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find out how to plan a trip to Estes Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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