18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

3
nights
Denver

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.
Appreciate the collections at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 16th Street Mall and Union Station, Denver, CO. When in Denver, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, look for gifts at Tattered Cover Book Store, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Cherry Creek State Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip builder tool .

Durham to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Durham in May, things will get a bit cooler in Denver: highs are around 67°F and lows about 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

4
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 explore and learn at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and National Museum-World War II Aviation. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Colorado City Historic District and Glen Eyrie Conference Center. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, Head underground at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pikes Peak, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel route builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 16th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers, and then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Canon City vacation planning website .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, expect nights in Canon City to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Leadville National Fish Hatchery.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Canon City in May: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 62°F and lows are around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Leadville National Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Leadville National Fish Hatchery ©
Leadville National Fish Hatchery
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

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.
On the 19th (Sat), stop by Sioux Villa Curio. Keep things going the next day: test the waters at a local thermal spa and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs travel planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Adventure
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Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and The Springs Resort & Spa. Get some historical perspective at Cliff Palace and Aztec Ruins National Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Fox Fire Farms Winery (in Ignacio) and Long House (in Mesa Verde National Park). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Durango trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Durango takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are much warmer, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Springs Resort & Spa, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Fox Fire Farms Winery
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
River Rafting & Tubing

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