12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Gunnison
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Fairplay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
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 2nd (Sat): stop by Snowmass Sports. Keep things going the next day: test the waters at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs route app .

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, expect Glenwood Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 46°F. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gunnison.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Tours

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Gunnison

Gunnison ©
The City of Gunnison is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gunnison National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Mesa Fishing, see the interesting displays at Gunnison Pioneer Museum, and then stroll through Gunnison City Park.

Plan my trip to Gunnison with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Gunnison in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Gunnison, with highs around 75°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 39°F. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fairplay.

Things to do in Gunnison

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Gunnison National Forest ©
Gunnison National Forest
Gunnison Pioneer Museum ©
Gunnison Pioneer Museum

1
night
Fairplay

Fairplay ©
Fairplay is the statutory town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Park County, Colorado, United States. You've now added South Park City Museum to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fairplay trip app .

Traveling by car from Gunnison to Fairplay takes 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Gunnison in June, with highs in Fairplay at 69°F and lows at 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Fairplay

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
American Safari Ranch ©
American Safari Ranch

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): catch a ride on Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Canon City trip planner.

Drive from Fairplay to Canon City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fairplay in June, you will find days in Canon City are a bit warmer (89°F), and nights are much warmer (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Sat), take a stroll through Old Colorado City, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs driving holiday planner.

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about an hour. While traveling from Canon City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

2
nights
Denver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then glide through natural beauty at Cherry Creek State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Denver Zoo, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then look for gifts at Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Trails Winter Sports

Side Trip

Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

1
night
Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Horseback Riding Tours
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

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