22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip maker

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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): put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at 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 photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs day trip planning app.

Boston to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Steamboat Springs. Traveling from Boston in June, Steamboat Springs is slightly colder at night 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.
Step out of Glenwood Springs with an excursion to Maroon Bells in Aspen--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car 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): walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ouray trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

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, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in June: highs in Durango hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow 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): take a memorable tour with Tours, then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, shop like a local with Sundance and Friends, stroll around Buena Vista River Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Getting from Durango to Buena Vista by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Buena Vista, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 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: walk around Garden of the Gods, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing, Argo Mill and Tunnel, &more) and Georgetown Firefighting Museum (in Georgetown). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Denver online visit planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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 · Parks · Historic Sites · 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park day trip planner.

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, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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.