16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

2
nights
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.
For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary planner .

Los Angeles to Durango is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Durango is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in June since evenings lows in Durango dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Garden of the Gods and North Pole - Santa's Workshop. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Durango to Colorado Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Durango in June, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Arcade Amusements, Inc
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©

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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, listen to music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Denver road trip site .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Denver, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the activities along Bear Lake and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park visit planner.

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Canon City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 21st (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Canon City attractions planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Canon City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In June, daytime highs in Canon City are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

few
hours
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 22nd (Fri), get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Canon City in June, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around 79°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Maroon Bells, The John Denver Sanctuary, & more). There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Sioux Villa Curio, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to 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 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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