21 days in Colorado Itinerary

21 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Denver
— 2 nights
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
4
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
5
Durango
— 2 nights
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
7
Ouray
— 3 nights
8
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights

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: Hotel de Paris Museum (in Georgetown) and Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park). 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.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Denver journey builder site.

Orlando to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. 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 °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 see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, 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 °F, and evening lows to °F. You'll set off for Glenwood Springs on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

2
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.
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 where to stay, reviews, photos, 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 fly; 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 °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

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 some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, 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 °F to lows of °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
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
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, maps, 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 fly. When traveling from Buena Vista in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Durango, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °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

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, don't miss a visit to Park Point, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park planning app.

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. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks

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, thentour 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, thenstroll through Cascade Falls Park, and then hike along Yankee Boy Basin.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, 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 and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °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
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online itinerary planner.

Fly from Ouray to Colorado Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in July, things will get a bit warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around °F and lows about °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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