11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Durango
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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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 21st (Fri): make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango trip planner.

Gulfport to Durango is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Gulfport in May, plan for little chillier days in Durango, with highs around 68°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 23rd (Sun), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take a pleasant ride with Mt Princeton Riding Stables & Equestrian Center, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Durango to Buena Vista by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Durango in May, plan for slightly colder days in Buena Vista, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): test the waters at a local thermal spa, then hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in May, plan for little chillier days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Trails · Outdoors

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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.
On the 25th (Tue), trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 70°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

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Denver

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get the adrenaline pumping with The EDGE Ziplines & Adventures, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, and then catch some excitement at Carousel of Happiness.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Denver attractions planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Denver sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Canon City (Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). Pack the 31st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs visit planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.