29 days in Colorado Itinerary

29 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Kremmling (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Washington DC, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Glenwood Springs side-trips: Aspen (Maroon Bells, Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, &more). There's lots more to do: 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 let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs vacation planner.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

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: Independence Pass (in Aspen) and South Park City Museum (in Fairplay). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, and see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Buena Vista online day trip planner.

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 79°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Ouray

— 4 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouray: Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride), Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose) and Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, get engrossed in the history at Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, go deep underground at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, and stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ouray road trip planning app.

Drive from Buena Vista to Ouray in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Buena Vista in June: highs in Ouray hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez) and Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House, Cliff Palace, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and stop by Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Durango online tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

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.
Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online itinerary builder.

Getting from Durango to Colorado Springs by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: 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, get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park, admire all the interesting features of Mount Evans Scenic Byway, and get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Milner Pass, &more). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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.