12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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.
Go for a jaunt from Denver to Idaho Springs to see River Rafting & Tubing about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, see a show at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver online tour itinerary planner .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 55°F in Denver. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 4th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Ida Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Bear Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park day trip site .

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. June in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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 6th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then stroll through Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Garden of the Gods Trading Post
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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 8th (Sat), cruise along Skyline Drive, then look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June in Canon City, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

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

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 9th (Sun): stroll through McPhelemy Park, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. In June, Buena Vista is a bit cooler than Canon City - with highs of 79°F and lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

3
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 10th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planning tool .

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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