10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Houston

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Garden of the Gods. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, and see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planning site .

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Houston in June, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (84°F), and nights are colder (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
River Rafting & Tubing
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Wed), experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the activities along Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Getting from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
day
Durango

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 13th (Sat): examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then stop by Honeyville, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online holiday planner .

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. June in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Denver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): browse the fresh offerings at The Source, catch a live performance at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Boulder County Farmers Market, and finally browse the different shops at Pearl Street Mall. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and finally take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

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You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Denver: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Boulder
Highlights from your plan
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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