16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights

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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.
Bring the kids along to Garden of the Gods and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Skyline Drive (in Canon City) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). Pack the 6th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, look for gifts at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs tour planner.

Louisville to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Louisville to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Louisville in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Scenic Drive

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then stroll around Buena Vista River Park, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista online vacation planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in July: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 80°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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Off-Road Tours
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Zipline
Zipline
4.7

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Durango online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Durango in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista 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 on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping
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Must see
Off-Road Tours
4.7
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.8
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Zipline
4.9

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, gain insight at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Durango to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Durango, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas
4.0

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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 14th (Wed), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park planning website.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

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Must see
Trail Ridge Road
4.9
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Off-Road Tours
4.8
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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
4.4

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Denver

Mile-High City

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Venture out of the city with trips to Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and Shadow Mountain Gallery (in Evergreen). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Denver online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

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