11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Durango
— 2 nights
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Off-Road Tours and Denver Botanic Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Argo Mill and Tunnel), Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and Estes Park (Images of Rocky Mountain National Park & The Studio Fine Art and Framing). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Denver day trip planner.

Birmingham to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Birmingham to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, Denver is little chillier than Birmingham - with highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop and then get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs route planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 8th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista holiday builder site.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around 79°F and lows about 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · 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.
On the 10th (Wed), test the waters at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary 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 66°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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.