21 days in Colorado Itinerary

21 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Orlando, Florida
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Ouray
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h
8
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Orlando, Florida

2
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park) and Hotel de Paris Museum (in Georgetown). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and explore and take pictures at Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

For maps and tourist information, read our Denver journey builder site.

Orlando to Denver is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Orlando to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Orlando in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Denver. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Hotel de Paris Museum
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Estes Park day trip website.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 set off for Glenwood Springs on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs tour planning site.

You can drive from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Estes Park, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Adventure
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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Buena Vista River Park and then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors 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 14th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip maker site.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Durango in 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 a bit warmer days in Durango, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

3
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

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.
Step out of Mesa Verde National Park with an excursion to Four Corners Monument in Teec Nos Pos--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. July in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Four Corners Monument
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Four Corners Monument ©
Four Corners Monument

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): hike along Perimeter Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, and finally stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then stroll through Cascade Falls Park, and then hike along Yankee Boy Basin.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Ouray online tour planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy and then walk around Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Ouray to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Ouray in July, things will get a bit warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 86°F and lows about 58°F. On the 24th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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