21 days in Colorado Itinerary

21 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 9th (Tue), put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner.

Boston to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Boston to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Steamboat Springs, with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Glenwood Springs

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Maroon Bells in Aspen (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: test the waters at a local thermal spa, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, plan for little chillier days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Durango

— 3 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez) and Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House, Cliff Palace, &more). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get a taste of the local shopping with Scenic Aperture Gallery, and make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Durango online route planner.

Drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Durango: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure

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 18th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, walk around Buena Vista River Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Durango in June, expect nights in Buena Vista to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip maker.

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Buena Vista in June, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 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.
Step out of Denver with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Denver sightseeing planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 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 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Milner Pass, Trail Ridge Road, &more). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planning app.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.