22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Lake
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
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Montrose
— 4 nights
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Cortez
— 2 nights
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Monte Vista
— 1 night
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Manitou Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights

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Estes Park

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bear Lake, Chasm Falls, Boyd Lake State Park, and other attractions you added. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chapel on the Rock and Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Estes Park route planner.

Denver to Estes Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 11th (Thu), you'll travel to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Grand Lake

Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Adams Falls Trail as well as The Beach at Grand Lake. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake, hike along Adams Falls Trail, get outside with Rocky Mountain Outfitters, then fly down the slopes at Grand Lake Nordic Center, and finally trek along Columbine Lake Trail.

To find out how to plan a trip to Grand Lake, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Estes Park to Grand Lake in 2 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in June: highs in Grand Lake hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 36°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Get outdoors at Hanging Lake and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Beaver Creek Chapel and Johnson Park Miniature Golf. Explore Glenwood Springs' surroundings by going to Vail Valley Escape Room (in Avon) and Vail / Beaver Creek Resort (in Vail). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Art on 8th, have fun and explore at Glenwood Railroad Museum, and shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Lake to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Lake in June: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

4
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Montrose

The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Telluride Outside and San Juan County Historical Society. Get some cultural insight at Ute Indian Museum and Montrose County Historical Museum. Explore Montrose's surroundings by going to Yankee Girl Mine (in Ouray), Silverton Mountain (in Silverton) and Telluride Historical Museum (in Telluride). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Montrose Water Sports Park, admire the natural beauty at Montrose Botanic Gardens, and visit Magic Circle Players.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Montrose trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Montrose in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Montrose to be a bit warmer, around 54°F, while days are warmer, around 89°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Montrose

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Cortez

As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Get some cultural insight at Ruins Road and Far View Sites. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Anasazi Heritage Center and Park Point. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center, learn about winemaking at Sutcliffe Vineyards, see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., and admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cortez trip planner.

Getting from Montrose to Cortez by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Montrose in June, expect little chillier with lows of 46°F in Cortez. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Monte Vista.

Things to do in Cortez

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Monte Vista

Monte Vista is the Home Rule Municipality that is the most populous municipality in Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Rio Grande National Forest.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monte Vista trip site.

Getting from Cortez to Monte Vista by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cortez in June: highs in Monte Vista hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Monte Vista

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, head outdoors with Adventures Out West, then take in the awesome beauty at Horsethief Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Manitou Springs Memorial Park, then look for gifts at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then take an in-depth tour of Manitou Springs Heritage Center, and finally hike along Barr Trail to Pikes Peak.

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Traveling by car from Monte Vista to Manitou Springs takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Monte Vista in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Manitou Springs, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

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Denver

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and National Ballpark Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cherry Creek State Park and Eldorado Canyon State Park. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Boulder (Flagstaff Mountain & Boulder Creek Path). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum & Park, and grab your bike and head to Cherry Creek Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Denver road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Manitou Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

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.