18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  15 h
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Fort Collins
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Vienna

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.
Step out of Denver to go to Idaho Springs and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol, and explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary builder .

Vienna, Austria to Denver is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Denver is minus 8 hours. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): cruise along Skyline Drive, stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Canon City road trip site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In July in Canon City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stroll through McPhelemy Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista day trip planning app .

You can drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, expect Buena Vista to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

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.
On the 10th (Wed), hike along Animas River Trail, then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then admire all the interesting features of James Ranch.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Durango online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Buena Vista in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

2
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: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Ida Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): explore the activities along Bear Lake, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker site .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Fort Collins.

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

1
night
Fort Collins

Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 17th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fort Collins vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. In July in Fort Collins, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Annual Flower Trial Garden ©
Annual Flower Trial Garden

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