11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Durango route maker tool .

New York City to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Durango. Traveling from New York City in June, Durango is cooler at night with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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 23rd (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner .

You can drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Canon City trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in June, with highs in Canon City at 89°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

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You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Canon City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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

1
night
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 28th (Fri), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

3
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.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Museum of Nature & Science will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and browse the fresh offerings at The Source.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Denver online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In June in Denver, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

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

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