15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h
1
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, and look for gifts at Twist & Shout Records.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver journey website .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver. Expect slightly colder evenings in Denver when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City Historic District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, catch a live event at U.S. Olympic Training Center, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs journey builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): catch a ride on Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Canon City trip website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Canon City: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake. The adventure continues: test the waters at a local thermal spa, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, and paddle through the water with Blue Sky Adventures.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online day trip planner .

Drive from Canon City to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Canon City in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Blue Sky Adventures ©
Blue Sky Adventures

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Durango vacation builder site .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Cliff Palace
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing

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