14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Corpus Christi
Fly:  6​h
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Corpus Christi

1
night
Durango

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.
On the 9th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery and then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, and finally examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Durango online vacation planner .

Corpus Christi to Durango is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Corpus Christi to Durango, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Corpus Christi in June, plan for slightly colder days in Durango, with highs around 85°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Museums Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. June in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

2
nights
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.
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Mountain Blown Glass will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Art Center of Estes Park Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: River Rafting & Tubing (in Fort Collins) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, look for gifts at Brownfield's, explore the striking landscape of Many Parks Curve Overlook, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park day trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

3
nights
Denver

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.
Get some cultural insight at 16th Street Mall and Union Station. Museum-lovers will get to explore Denver Botanic Gardens and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Boulder (Liberty Puzzles & Pearl Street Mall) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, shop like a local with American Museum of Western Art, catch a live performance at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Denver vacation planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boulder, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Tue), stroll through McPhelemy Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista trip builder site .

You can drive from Denver to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Denver in June, plan for little chillier nights in Buena Vista, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 19th (Wed), take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City tour planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, expect Canon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City Historic District. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of World War II Aviation and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip site .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in June, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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