30 days in Colorado Itinerary

30 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 4 nights
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Ouray
— 4 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
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Buena Vista
— 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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Mesa Verde National Park

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Long House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then make a trip to Park Point, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Anasazi Heritage Center.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Tampa to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Tampa in June since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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Durango

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: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Pagosa Springs (Two Old Crows, Piedra River Trail, &more). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Durango online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

4
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Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouray: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road), Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose) and Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, hike along Cascade Falls Park, and see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ouray trip planner.

You can 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 June, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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.
Explore Glenwood Springs' surroundings by going to Aspen (Maroon Bells, Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs itinerary planner.

Drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Explore Buena Vista's surroundings by going to South Park City Museum (in Fairplay) and Independence Pass (in Aspen). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll around Buena Vista River Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and look for gifts at Sundance and Friends.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip tool.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in June: highs in Buena Vista hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Colorado Springs

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.
Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek to see Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs route app.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park) and Georgetown Firefighting Museum (in Georgetown). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Denver online sightseeing planner.

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 July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Estes Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.