20 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

20 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
2
Denver
— 4 nights
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
5
Durango
— 1 day
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
7
Moab
— 4 nights
8
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights


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3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Penrose Heritage Museum and Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, approximately Canon City away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs day trip app.

Dublin, Ireland to Colorado Springs is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Dublin in May, you will find days in Colorado Springs are a bit warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum

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.
Visit 16th Street Mall and Denver Union Station for their historical value. Shop till you drop at Denver Botanic Gardens and Belmar. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Boulder (Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Dairy Arts Center, &more) and Castle Rock (The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops & Outlets at Castle Rock). The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, shop like a local with The Source, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Denver travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. 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 Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Glacier Creek Stables.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park day trip app.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Glacier Creek Stables
Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures
Earthwood Artisans ©
Earthwood Artisans

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 8th (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then stop by Snowmass Sports.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · 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): take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, stop by Honeyville, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

Before you visit Durango, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to 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.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online tour planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Arches National Park and Turret Arch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moab: Downtown Grand Junction (in Grand Junction) and Delicate Arch (in Arches National Park). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park and identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Moab online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Moab by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June: high temperatures in Moab hover around 41°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

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 contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): browse the different shops at Fashion Place Shopping Mall, then stroll around Olympic Cauldron Park, and then browse the different shops at City Creek Center.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Moab to Salt Lake City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Station Park, Fashion Place Shopping Mall
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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