17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Austin
Fly + Bus:  6 h
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Denver
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Austin

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Chasm Falls). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip maker site.

Austin to Estes Park is an approximately 6- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Austin to Estes Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in June, expect Estes Park to be slightly colder, temps between 87°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Georgetown Firefighting Museum (in Georgetown) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Denver, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Georgetown Firefighting Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs road trip planning app.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 6th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours, then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, then walk around Buena Vista River Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip builder.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in July; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 80°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

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.
Step out of Glenwood Springs with an excursion to Maroon Bells in Aspen--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs road trip website.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

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You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Ouray are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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.
On the 12th (Sun), shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in July: highs in Durango hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

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

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