10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 1 day
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 2 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.
Get some cultural insight at Old Colorado City and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City, approximately Cañon City away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip planning app.

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in June, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be much colder, around 54°F, while days are slightly colder, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 1 night
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, then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in June: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 79°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Glenwood Springs

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs road trip website.

Getting from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Durango

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, look for gifts at Honeyville, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

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 14th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online itinerary maker.

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. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Denver

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): pick up some local products at The Source, engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Boulder County Farmers Market, and finally shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station, and finally take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Denver trip planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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 somewhat warmer nights in Denver: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.