18 days in Colorado, Montana & Minneapolis Itinerary

18 days in Colorado, Montana & Minneapolis Itinerary

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Durango
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Big Sky
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Minneapolis
— 2 nights
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Durango

— 2 nights
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 14th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Durango trip maker site.

Melbourne, Australia to Durango is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Durango is minus 17 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Durango: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aspen journey builder website.

Fly from Durango to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durango in July, with highs in Aspen at 32°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City) and The Emporium (in Castle Rock). There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip app.

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 35°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Big Sky.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Big Sky

— 1 night
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read our Big Sky online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Big Sky takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in July; daily highs in Big Sky reach 29°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Big Sky

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Glacier National Park

— 4 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 26th (Tue), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's still lots to do: hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park holiday builder app.

Fly from Big Sky to Glacier National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, Glacier National Park is a bit warmer than Big Sky - with highs of 34°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Minneapolis

— 2 nights

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
On the 28th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE at Mall of America.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Minneapolis by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Minneapolis. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Minneapolis. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

4.3
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.

Montana travel guide

4.7
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.