10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner
Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights


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.
Visiting Off-Road Tours and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. There's more to do: stroll through Animas River Trail and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Durango itinerary maker tool.

Los Angeles to Durango is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Durango. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for little chillier nights in Durango, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Colorado Springs.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park — 1 night

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): hike along Cub Lake Trail, stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

For maps and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.
Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive

Steamboat Springs — 2 nights

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs online vacation maker.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 82°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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 19th (Tue): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Trails

Colorado travel guide

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.