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.
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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): do a tasting at Vino Salida Wine Cellars and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of South Park City Museum and then see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip 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 a bit 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.
Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure
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 still lots to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in August; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 83°F and lows reach 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denver.
Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Denver — 4 nights

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: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Photography Tours (in Estes Park) 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.
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.
Tours · Outdoors · 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.