15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Durango travel tool.

Washington to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Durango, with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

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.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Hanging Lake Trail will thrill your kids. Step out of Glenwood Springs with an excursion to Maroon Bells in Aspen--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, view the masterpieces at Art on 8th, and get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Getting from Durango to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 17th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll around Buena Vista River Park, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Buena Vista hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Family-friendly places like Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak - America's Mountain will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs), Hotel de Paris Museum (in Georgetown) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and finally get great views at Milner Pass.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.