20 days in Colorado Itinerary

20 days in Colorado Itinerary

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20 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Dublin

1
night
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 31st (Fri): enjoy the views from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Earthen Vessel Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): look for gifts at Honeyville, then explore and take pictures at James Ranch, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Trimble Hot Springs, and finally sample the fine beverages at Durango Craft Spirits.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango trip itinerary app .

Dublin, Ireland to Durango is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Durango is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect nights in Durango to be slightly colder, around 1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

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

2
nights
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 2nd (Sun): take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, don't miss a visit to Step House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Farming Terraces, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip 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. June in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Step out of the city life by going to Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Canon City and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, stop by The Glassblowers of Manitou, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then explore the stunning scenery at Browns Canyon National Monument, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then don't miss a visit to Interlaken Historic District.

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You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in June, with highs in Buena Vista at 30°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

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

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 9th (Sun), stroll through Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Aspen Snowmass and then look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

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Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Buena Vista in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at The Beach at Grand Lake and Bierstadt Lake. Do your shopping at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rocky Mountain National Park: Estes Park (Earthwood Artisans & Art Center of Estes Park Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, and explore the activities along Bear Lake.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park driving holiday site .

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. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much warmer (36°C), and nights are a bit warmer (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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 will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Southlands (in Aurora) and Boulder (Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Dairy Arts Center, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Belmar, stroll through Denver Zoo, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and pick up some local products at The Source.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Denver holiday builder tool .

You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Tours Museums

Side Trips

Boulder, Belmar, Southlands
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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