15 days in Montana & Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Montana & Colorado Itinerary

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West Glacier
— 2 nights
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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West Glacier

— 2 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Logan Pass, Iceberg Lake Trail, &more). There's more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and contemplate the waterfront views at Hidden Lake.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to West Glacier fast, fun, and easy.

Durham to West Glacier is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Durham to West Glacier. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durham in July: highs in West Glacier hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. You've now added Fishing Charters & Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sky tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from West Glacier to Big Sky takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from West Glacier in July: high temperatures in Big Sky hover around 77°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Colorado Springs

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park & River Rafting & Tubing) and Denver (Molly Brown House Museum & Denver Botanic Gardens). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs tour builder app.

You can fly from Big Sky to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Big Sky in July, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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 10th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista itinerary website.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect Buena Vista to be little chillier, temps between 80°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Glenwood Springs

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs vacation builder app.

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Durango day trip site.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Montana travel guide

4.7
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Colorado travel guide

4.3
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.