27 days in Colorado Itinerary

27 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation maker

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Durango
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
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Buena Vista
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Long House, Balcony House, &more), Piedra River Trail (in Pagosa Springs) and Cortez Cultural Center (in Cortez). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango tour planner.

Phoenix to Durango is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in July: high temperatures in Durango hover around 86°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Ouray: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park) and Telluride (Black Bear Pass, Cornet Creek Falls, &more). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, don't miss a visit to Yankee Girl Mine, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Idarado Mine, and take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray sightseeing planner.

Drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in July, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (74°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Maroon Bells, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs route planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 3 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Buena Vista: South Park City Museum (in Fairplay) and Aspen (Linkins Lake Trail & Independence Pass). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll around Buena Vista River Park, view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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, Milner Pass, &more) and Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark). There's much more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and go for a walk through Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park.

Plan a Estes Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Buena Vista to Estes Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Estes Park reach 91°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Denver

— 5 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: Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City), Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park) and Shadow Mountain Gallery (in Evergreen). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, explore and take pictures at Mount Evans Scenic Byway, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Denver are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Skyline Drive) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.