12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Durham

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

Plan my day in Durango using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Durham to Durango is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Durham in July since evenings lows in Durango dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, then explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Durango in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Sun), stroll through Buena Vista River Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip itinerary planning site .

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. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in July, with highs in Canon City at 90°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

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 9th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, and then stroll through Garden of the Gods. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs travel planner.

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Canon City in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park attractions tool .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, steep yourself in history at Union Station, and meet the residents at Denver Zoo.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver day trip planning website .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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