16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 4 nights
Fly to Lake Charles, Taxi to Lafayette

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manitou Springs Incline and Helen Hunt Falls. Get outdoors at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Tunnel Drive. There's still lots to do: stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park, surround yourself with nature on Colorado Wolf Adventures, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Lafayette to Colorado Springs 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 Lafayette to Colorado Springs. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lafayette in June; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 84°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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.
On the 26th (Sat), hike along Cub Lake Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rock Cut Brewing Company, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park online holiday builder.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 28th (Mon), stroll through Steamboat Gondola, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs road trip planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in June; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 78°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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 30th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip maker.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Fri), stroll through Perimeter Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and then hike along Cascade Falls Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Ouray trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Durango

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Million Dollar Highway and Animas River Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Spruce Tree House and Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum (in Mesa Verde National Park) and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez). There's lots more to do: stroll through Purgatory Resort, trot along with a tour on horseback, and walk around Rotary Park.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive

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.