11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
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Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Denver

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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.
When in Denver, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, and see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Denver. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Bad Axe Throwing ©
Bad Axe Throwing
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 26th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Canon City vacation planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Canon City, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 27th (Tue), stroll through McPhelemy Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista tour planner .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Traveling from Canon City in August, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): hop aboard Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Durango travel route planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Durango by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. On the next day, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs journey planner.

You can drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 31st (Sat), trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for warmer days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

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