16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Nashville

2
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.
Go for a jaunt from Denver to Idaho Springs to see River Rafting & Tubing about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing, stroll through Denver Zoo, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Denver online tour itinerary planner .

Nashville to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Denver is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nashville in June, things will get a bit cooler in Denver: highs are around 83°F and lows about 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then stroll through Mt Ida Trail. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planning app .

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. June in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, go for a walk through Pikes Peak, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. June in Canon City sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

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 15th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Buena Vista River Park, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista sightseeing planner.

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Canon City in June; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 79°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

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.
When in Glenwood Springs, make a side trip to see Maroon Bells in Aspen, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs tour itinerary site .

Getting from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for little chillier days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Maroon Bells, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House, Cliff Palace, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, identify plant and animal life at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Durango holiday planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Durango are somewhat warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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