20 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

20 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 4 nights
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 1 day
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Moab
— 4 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Penrose Heritage Museum and Old Colorado City. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Commonwheel Artists Co-op. When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City, approximately Cañon City away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, 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 15.5-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 · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Denver

— 4 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.
Visit 16th Street Mall and Denver Union Station for their historical value. Shop till you drop at Denver Botanic Gardens and The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Boulder (Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Dairy Arts Center, &more) and Outlets at Castle Rock (in Castle Rock). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and look for gifts at Belmar.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Denver sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 1 night
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 fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 2 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.
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 flight from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. 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 fly to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Durango

— 1 day
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 get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; 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 · Adventure · Outdoors · Shopping

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

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 Delicate Arch. Take a break from Moab with a short trip to Downtown Grand Junction in Grand Junction, about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Colorado National Monument, and take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip 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. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, things will get a bit warmer in Moab: highs are around 41°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

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 4 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 catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.