20 days in Colorado Itinerary

20 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel planner

Make it your trip
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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

— 1 night
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, 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 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. 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 · Adventure · Outdoors · Spas

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
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 catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails

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.
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 Cañon City (about 1h 15 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 3 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 · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
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 · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

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.
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

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 3 nights
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: explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, 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

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.
Get some cultural insight at 16th Street Mall and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Shop till you drop at Pearl Street Mall and Southlands. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Boulder (Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Dairy Arts Center, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and pick up some local products at The Source.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver holiday maker tool.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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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.