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
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Durango
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Moab
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Salt Lake City
— 2 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.
You'll explore and learn at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Penrose Heritage Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Garden of the Gods and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Pikes Peak, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs road trip planning site .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Dublin to Colorado Springs. When traveling from Dublin in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Commonwheel Artists Co-op, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

4
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.
16th Street Mall and Union Station are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Pearl Street Mall and Outlets at Castle Rockfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops (in Castle Rock) and Boulder (Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Dairy Arts Center, & more). There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, look for gifts at Belmar, indulge your taste buds at The Source, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Denver online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June in Denver, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Tours

Side Trips

Boulder, Castle Rock, Belmar
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
On the 7th (Fri), look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then admire all the interesting features of Glacier Creek Stables, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park holiday planner .

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Glacier Creek Stables
Highlights from your plan
Earthwood Artisans ©
Earthwood Artisans
Glacier Creek Stables ©
Glacier Creek Stables

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 8th (Sat): see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Estes Park in June, plan for much colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 22°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the galleries of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then look for gifts at Honeyville, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in June: highs in Durango hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park attractions planning app .

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
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 in touch with nature at Arches National Park and Colorado National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moab: Arches National Park (Delicate Arch & Turret Arch) and Downtown Grand Junction (in Grand Junction). Make the 14th (Fri) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Moab itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Moab takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June; daily highs in Moab reach 41°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Colorado National Monument, Downtown Grand Junction
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
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): browse the different shops at Station Park, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Fashion Place Shopping Mall, admire all the interesting features of Olympic Cauldron Park, and then browse the different shops at City Creek Center.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip planner .

You can fly from Moab to Salt Lake City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. While traveling from Moab, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Salt Lake City, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fashion Place Shopping Mall, Station Park
Highlights from your plan
City Creek Center ©
City Creek Center
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Natural History Museum of Utah ©
Natural History Museum of Utah

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