11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Moline
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Moline

1
night
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.
To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Durango trip planner .

Moline to Durango is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Moline in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Durango, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Doc Holliday's Grave & River Rafting & Tubing). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Independence Pass, look for gifts at Snowmass Sports, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Aspen travel planning website .

You can fly from Durango to Aspen in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Sports
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): have fun at Buena Vista Boulder Garden and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista online trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Canon City itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in June: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 89°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip app .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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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

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