22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip 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
— 4 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, then browse the exhibits of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs attractions planner.

Boston to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Boston in June, plan for little chillier nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Museums

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.
Step out of Glenwood Springs with an excursion to Maroon Bells in Aspen--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: test the waters at a local thermal spa, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs itinerary builder site.

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. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

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): stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ouray sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in June: highs in Ouray hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Tours · 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez) and Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House, Cliff Palace, &more). There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for gifts at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Durango trip planner.

Getting from Ouray to Durango by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 85°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, stop by Sundance and Friends, walk around Buena Vista River Park, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip builder tool.

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

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · 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: stroll around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip website.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Buena Vista in June since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 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

— 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Georgetown Firefighting Museum (in Georgetown) and Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing, Argo Mill and Tunnel, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station, cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for 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.