22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Fort Collins
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Balcony House and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, explore the ancient world of Long House, then don't miss a visit to Park Point, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Memphis to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Memphis, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

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 28th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, then look for gifts at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Animas River Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Durango travel route planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. May in Durango sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary & Maroon Bells). There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, and explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Glenwood Springs trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in May, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (46°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Wed), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then shop like a local with Sundance and Friends, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista travel route planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, stop by Commonwheel Artists Co-op, examine the collection at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Collins

— 2 nights
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 7th (Mon), explore the activities along Cache La Poudre River, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Odell Brewing Company, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Arapaho National Forest, then hike along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, then appreciate the history behind Veteran's Plaza of Northern Colorado, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fort Collins trip builder.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. June in Fort Collins sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). Next up on the itinerary: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park tour website.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. In June in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

Denver

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown), River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

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Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.