13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery and then stop by Animas Chocolate Company.

Discover how to plan a Durango trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

New York City to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Durango, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

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

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 4th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then take an in-depth tour of Buena Vista Heritage Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Durango to Buena Vista by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Durango in July, things will get a bit cooler in Buena Vista: highs are around 80°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit 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 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and finally expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally pick up some local products at The Source. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore and take pictures at Coors Field, and then snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip builder site .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Tours

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.
On the 10th (Tue), explore the activities along Bear Lake, get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary app .

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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 12th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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