18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip maker

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Durango
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Durango

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Rotary Park and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: hike along The Colorado Trail, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

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Fresno to Durango is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Fresno in July, with highs in Durango at 86°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Buena Vista

— 3 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Off-Road Tours. Explore Buena Vista's surroundings by going to South Park City Museum (in Fairplay), Leadville National Fish Hatchery (in Leadville) and Independence Pass (in Aspen). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, walk around Buena Vista River Park, and see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Buena Vista vacation planning site.

Drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. In July, Buena Vista is little chillier than Durango - with highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 3 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.
Visiting Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Aspen (Maroon Lake Scenic Trail & Rio Grande Trail). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs online day trip planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect a bit cooler 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 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. Go for a jaunt from Estes Park to Ward to see Lake Isabelle about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, hike along North Inlet Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Estes Park trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Denver

— 3 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Evans. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City), Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs) and Echo Lake Park (in Evergreen). The adventure continues: cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the activities along Crown Hill Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denver road trip planning app.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 4 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.
Visiting Pikes Peak - America's Mountain and The Broadmoor Seven Falls will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Tunnel Drive), Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and Red Rocks Group Campground (in Woodland Park). The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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.