14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
subway + bus + Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Washington DC to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then get in on the excitement at Buena Vista Boulder Garden.

Make your Buena Vista itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Buena Vista to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Canon City and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs route planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 54°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 16th Street Mall and Union Station. Get some cultural insight at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Southlands (in Aurora) and Boulder (Dairy Arts Center, Pearl Street Mall, & more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, look for gifts at Belmar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, and take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Denver trip planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Boulder, Belmar, Southlands
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Sat), stop by Earthwood Artisans, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, look for gifts at Real West Old Time Portraits, view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass, then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Estes Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass
Earthwood Artisans ©
Earthwood Artisans

1
day
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.
On the 30th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Estes Park in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 46°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

2
nights
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 1st (Mon), look for gifts at Honeyville, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Durango attractions planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Durango are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Honeyville ©
Honeyville
River Rafting & Tubing

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