14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly + Bus:  10 h 30 min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Estes Park online trip builder.

Honolulu to Estes Park is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Honolulu to Estes Park, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Honolulu in July, expect little chillier with lows of 59°F in Estes Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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 11th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Denver online tour 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, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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 13th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

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

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Buena Vista River Park and then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in July; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 80°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Maroon Bells in Aspen (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip builder site.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Durango hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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