20 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

20 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

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20 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  15​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Boulder
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Moab
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Dublin


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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.
Head to The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops and Outlets at Castle Rockfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Colorado City Historic District and National Museum of World War II Aviation. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Canon City and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip builder website .

Dublin, Ireland to Colorado Springs is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Colorado Springs is minus 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in May: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Shopping Adventure

Side Trips

Castle Rock, Commonwheel Artists Co-op, River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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River Rafting & Tubing
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

3
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Do some cultural sightseeing at 16th Street Mall and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Step out of the city life by going to Flatirons and Rocky Mountain Anglers. Get out of town with these interesting Boulder side-trips: Denver Art Museum (in Denver) and Estes Park (Spas & Wellness, Earthwood Artisans, & more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Pearl Street Mall and browse the eclectic array of goods at Boulder County Farmers Market.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Boulder visit planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Boulder by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. June in Boulder sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Boulder

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Denver, Estes Park
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Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

2
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.
On the 6th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, browse the exhibits of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Fox Fire Farms Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Honeyville, and then soothe aching muscles at Trimble Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Durango trip builder website .

Getting from Boulder to Durango by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Boulder in June, Durango is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Fox Fire Farms Winery
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River Rafting & Tubing
Fox Fire Farms Winery ©
Fox Fire Farms Winery

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 8th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

4
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get outdoors at Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moab: Colorado National Monument (in Fruita), Arches National Park (Delicate Arch & Turret Arch) and Downtown Grand Junction (in Grand Junction). Make the 11th (Tue) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Moab trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Moab in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, expect Moab to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Downtown Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then stop by Snowmass Sports.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs planner .

Drive from Moab to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Moab in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Rifle Gap State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

3
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Get a sense of the local culture at Temple Square and Natural History Museum of Utah. Get some historical perspective at Salt Lake Temple and Beehive House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salt Lake City: Deer Valley Resort (in Park City), Fashion Place Shopping Mall (in Murray) and Station Park (in Farmington). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at City Creek Center and admire the natural beauty at Red Butte Garden.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Salt Lake City online sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Glenwood Springs to Salt Lake City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Salt Lake City, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Station Park, Deer Valley Resort, Fashion Place Shopping Mall
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Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Deer Valley Resort ©
Deer Valley Resort
Natural History Museum of Utah ©
Natural History Museum of Utah

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