12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive:  16​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​h 45​min
End: Austin

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Coors Brewery, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary builder site .

Austin to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Denver. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Austin in June, with highs in Denver at 83°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker tool .

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

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

2
nights
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 11th (Tue), hike along Hanging Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, then appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, and finally view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs online visit planner .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

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

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 13th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, then examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Canon City travel planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. In June, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 89°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time 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
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, and get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online visit planner .

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in June, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are little chillier, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks 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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