13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Explore Glenwood Springs' surroundings by going to Aspen (Maroon Bells, The John Denver Sanctuary, &more). There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder site.

Chicago to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in June, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 66°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Durango

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, then view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Durango trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Glenwood Springs to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in June: highs in Durango hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 25th (Fri), see Off-Road Tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Durango to Buena Vista takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in June: highs in Buena Vista hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

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.
Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City). There's still lots to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight 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.
On the 29th (Tue), trot along with a tour on horseback, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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 by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planning app.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trip

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.