11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs visit site .

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Glenwood Springs is minus 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll through McPhelemy Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Buena Vista, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): cruise along Skyline Drive, see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. In June, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 89°F and lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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.
On the 9th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then stroll through Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs journey builder app .

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in June, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

2
nights
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 11th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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 13th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Estes Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Fort Collins, Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company

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