20 days in Colorado Itinerary

20 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Durango
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 4 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery. On the next day, look for gifts at Honeyville, get a taste of life in the country at James Ranch Grill, then take in the natural beauty of Durango Hot Springs, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durango Craft Spirits.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Durango is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Dublin to Durango due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in May: highs in Durango hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Nature
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore and take pictures at Ruins Road, don't miss a visit to Step House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Farming Terraces, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning tool.

You can 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. In June, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Old Colorado City. Do your shopping at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and The Glassblowers of Manitou. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs route planner.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take in breathtaking views at Browns Canyon National Monument, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company. On your second day here, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then make a trip to Interlaken Historic District.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Buena Vista trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in June, with highs in Buena Vista at 30°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company
Browns Canyon National Monument ©
Browns Canyon National Monument

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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 9th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then stop by Snowmass Sports.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs holiday website.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

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

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Take a break from the city and head to The Beach at Grand Lake and Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Art Center of Estes Park Gallery. There's much more to do: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, and look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for much hotter days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 36°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park

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Denver

Denver ©

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.
Get some cultural insight at 16th Street Mall and Denver Union Station. Appreciate the collections at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Boulder (Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Dairy Arts Center, &more) and Southlands (in Aurora). And it doesn't end there: catch a live event at Coors Field, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, pick up some local products at The Source, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver trip maker site.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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