14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Smith
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Durango
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Fort Smith

2
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 National Museum of World War II Aviation and Miramont Castle Museum. Get in touch with nature at Pikes Peak and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. There's lots more to do: stop by Manitou Cliff Dwellings, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District, and stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning tool .

Fort Smith to Colorado Springs is an approximately 12-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fort Smith to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Smith in July: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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.
Head to Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Parkfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mountain Blown Glass and The Studio Fine Art and Framing. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder), Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark) and Kauffman House Museum (in Grand Lake). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park online trip builder .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Kauffman House Museum, Pearl Street Mall
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs route builder site .

Drive from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Estes Park, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Windstar Land Conservancy and then cruise along Independence Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Aspen in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Aspen hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

4
nights
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.
Long House and Balcony House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at The Anasazi Heritage Center and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum. Go for a jaunt from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park to see Cliff Palace about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and stop by Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Durango trip site .

Fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House

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