11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Estes Park attractions planner.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then catch some excitement at Carousel of Happiness.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Denver online travel route planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Durango

— 1 night
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.
On the 6th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Durango online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Durango takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Durango, with lows of 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Glenwood Springs

— 3 nights
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 (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, then stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Buena Vista in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.