13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Telluride, Drive to Durango
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
Fly

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Durango

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Earthen Vessel Gallery and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango trip planner.

Louisville to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Louisville to Durango. Traveling from Louisville in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 54°F in Durango. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): hike along Hanging Lake Trail, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs vacation app.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Parks · Trails

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, then stroll around Buena Vista River Park, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Buena Vista are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City). There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in July, with highs in Colorado Springs at 86°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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 20th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Estes Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City), Shadow Mountain Gallery (in Evergreen) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.