10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route planner

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Durango
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Durango

— 1 night
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 22nd (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango trip itinerary planner.

Dallas to Durango is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Dallas in July, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Durango: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. In July, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Durango - with highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Parks · Adventure

Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): trek along Emerald Lake Trail and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of 16th Street Mall, and take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Denver sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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 31st (Fri): stroll around Garden of the Gods, then get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

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.