11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Denver

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 3rd (Mon): indulge your taste buds at The Source, steep yourself in history at Union Station, and then browse the different shops at Pearl Street Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, then examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Denver day trip tool .

Chicago to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in June, plan for little chillier nights in Denver, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip app .

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Estes Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping

Side Trip

Bierstadt Lake
Highlights from your plan
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Bierstadt Lake ©
Bierstadt Lake

1
day
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

Before you visit Mesa Verde National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Estes Park in June, expect little chillier with lows of 46°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Durango

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 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then stop by Honeyville, then get a taste of the local shopping with Earthen Vessel Gallery, and finally stop by Animas Chocolate Company.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Durango online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. June in Durango sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

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

1
night
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 8th (Sat), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then stroll through Hanging Lake Trail. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, and then look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company, and finally view the masterpieces at The Bungled Jungle.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip builder app .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Buena Vista to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Elevation Beer Company, The Bungled Jungle
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Bungled Jungle ©
The Bungled Jungle
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 11th (Tue), learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, things will get a bit warmer in Canon City: highs are around 89°F and lows about 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, and then admire all the interesting features of Colorado College. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, then take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District, then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip maker website .

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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