30 days in Colorado Itinerary

30 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route planner

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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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Buena Vista
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 4 nights
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Durango
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aspen (Maroon Bells, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

San Francisco to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Glenwood Springs. Traveling from San Francisco in June, things will get slightly colder in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 66°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 5th (Sat), stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, then get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip website.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Estes Park

— 4 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 & Bear Lake). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, and take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Estes Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in June; daily highs in Estes Park reach 87°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Denver

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing, Historical Society of Idaho Springs, &more) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the activities along Crown Hill Park, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip planning site.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Tunnel Drive) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cottonwood Creek Park, and admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 3 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to South Park City Museum (in Fairplay), Independence Pass (in Aspen) and Hagerman Tunnel (in Leadville). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, stroll around Buena Vista River Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista route planning app.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in June, with highs in Buena Vista at 79°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Ouray

— 4 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Explore Ouray's surroundings by going to Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose), Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road) and Telluride (Telluride Outside & Bear Creek Falls). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Ouray by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Durango

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Long House, Balcony House, &more) and Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotary Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Durango online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

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.