15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Durango
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Durango

— 2 nights
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.
Attractions like Off-Road Tours and River Rafting & Tubing make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Durango Dog Ranch. Go for a jaunt from Durango to Silverton to see Million Dollar Highway about 30 minutes away. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Durango attractions planning app.

Minneapolis to Durango is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Durango. When traveling from Minneapolis in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 85°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 8th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can fly from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for slightly colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Adventure · Tours

Buena Vista

— 3 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Off-Road Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Independence Pass and Zipline. Go for a jaunt from Buena Vista to Guffey to see Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in June: highs in Buena Vista hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain and River Rafting & Tubing. Family-friendly places like Garden of the Gods and United States Air Force Academy will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Buena Vista in June since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Denver

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Denver travel route planner.

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 June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Trail Ridge Road and Spas. Take a break from the city and head to Photography Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Go for a jaunt from Estes Park to Grand Lake to see The Beach at Grand Lake about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park road trip app.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.