14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 4 nights
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Durango
— 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Maroon Bells in Aspen (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, test the waters at a local thermal spa, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs travel route website.

San Francisco to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Glenwood Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get slightly colder in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 68°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 3rd (Wed), get outside with Outdoor Activities, do a tasting at Vino Salida Wine Cellars, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista route planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Buena Vista hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park & River Rafting & Tubing). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, things will get a bit warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 83°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Denver

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Photography Tours (in Estes Park), River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Annual Flower Trial Garden (in Fort Collins). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Denver travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Durango.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Durango online travel route builder.

You can fly from Denver to Durango in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Denver in August since evenings lows in Durango dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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.