14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Denver
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Tampa

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.
For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango trip planning site .

Tampa to Durango is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tampa to Durango. Traveling from Tampa in January, things will get much colder in Durango: highs are around 38°F and lows about 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Shopping Tours
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Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, look for gifts at Sioux Villa Curio, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then kick back and relax at Rifle Gap State Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Durango in January, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be a bit warmer, around 17°F, while days are little chillier, around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

3
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.
Visiting Winter Park Resort and Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill will get you outdoors. Head to Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and The Studio Fine Art and Framingfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Chapel on the Rock in Allenspark (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Art Center of Estes Park Gallery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Estes Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and car. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Park Resort
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Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

4
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 outdoors at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Crown Hill Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Art Museum. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Boulder (Liberty Puzzles & Pearl Street Mall). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver 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 January, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Boulder, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and finally view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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