19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary maker

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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing, Summit Lake Park, &more) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Denver. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 4 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 (Skyline Drive & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip maker.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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 12th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then walk around Buena Vista River Park, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in June; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 79°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Durango itinerary 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. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in June: highs in Durango hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 16th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

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Getting from Durango to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Glenwood Springs

— 3 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.
Explore Glenwood Springs' surroundings by going to Aspen (Maroon Bells, Rio Grande Trail, &more). The adventure continues: test the waters at a local thermal spa, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Ouray to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ouray in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 3 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.
Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Milner Pass). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for much hotter days in Estes Park, with highs around 87°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

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.