11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally explore the activities along Crown Hill Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Denver day trip planning site .

Minneapolis to Denver 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. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Minneapolis in June since evenings lows in Denver dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Crown Hill Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
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 12th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Estes Park vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Off-Road Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Estes Park to Durango in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Estes Park in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 44°F in Durango. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Zipline
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Mon), test the waters at a local thermal spa and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

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Getting from Durango to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Durango in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are slightly colder (66°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Theme Parks Spas Outdoors
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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): walk around Buena Vista River Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Hagerman Tunnel and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in June: highs in Buena Vista hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Hagerman Tunnel
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

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 19th (Fri), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop and then get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
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

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