14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly to San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman Field, Drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 day
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve travel planning site.

Detroit to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Detroit to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in June, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is a bit cooler at night with lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Buena Vista.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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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 13th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of South Park City Museum and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip itinerary tool.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Buena Vista with the Route module. In June, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Adventure
Side Trip

Glenwood Springs — 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aspen (Maroon Bells & The John Denver Sanctuary). There's lots more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs itinerary builder site.

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas
Side Trip

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park — 1 night

The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): hike along Rim Rock Trail, admire all the interesting features of South Rim Road, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park travel planning site.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Durango.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Durango takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in June, plan for little chillier nights in Durango, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Mesa Verde National Park — 2 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 20th (Mon), make a trip to Park Point, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online vacation builder.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Historic Sites

Rocky Mountain National Park — 1 night

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the activities along Bear Lake and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online route builder.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.
Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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.