33 days in Colorado Itinerary

33 days in Colorado Itinerary

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33 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fort Collins
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Pine
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Palisade
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Durango
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Des Moines

4
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Aspen Peak Cellars (in Bailey), State 38 Distilling (in Golden) and Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, sample the tasty concoctions at Coors Brewery, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Denver route planner .

Des Moines to Denver is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Des Moines in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Denver, with lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Breweries & Distilleries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Golden, Idaho Springs, Joyride Brewing Company, Aspen Peak Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour ©
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Joyride Brewing Company ©
Joyride Brewing Company

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Rocky Mountain National Park (Forest Canyon Overlook & Trail Ridge Road). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, trot along with a tour on horseback, sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Estes Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Dancing Pines Distillery ©
Dancing Pines Distillery
Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park

4
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Collins: City Star Brewing (in Berthoud), Old Colorado Brewing Company (in Wellington) and Hunters Moon Meadery (in Severance). And it doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing, admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden, view the masterpieces at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, and play a few rounds at Mariana Butte Golf Course.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fort Collins using our trip planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Fort Collins by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June in Fort Collins, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Loveland, City Star Brewing, Hunters Moon Meadery, Old Colorado Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Hunters Moon Meadery ©
Hunters Moon Meadery
Old Colorado Brewing Company ©
Old Colorado Brewing Company

4
nights
Colorado Springs

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.
Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Pine.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Pine

Pine ©
Pine is an unincorporated community and a U.S. On the 2nd (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Waterton Canyon and then admire the majestic nature at Staunton State Park.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pine holiday builder .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Pine in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in July, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Pine: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Pine

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Waterton Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Staunton State Park ©
Staunton State Park
Waterton Canyon ©
Waterton Canyon

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Buena Vista side-trips: Salida (Rocky Mountain Mini Golf, Soulcraft Brewing, & more) and Aspen (Linkins Lake Trail & Independence Pass). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company, and sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Buena Vista itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Pine to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. While traveling from Pine, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries Golf

Side Trips

Salida, Aspen, Elevation Beer Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company
Spas

4
nights
Glenwood Springs

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Maroon Bells, River Rafting & Tubing, & more) and Eagle Ranch Golf Club (in Eagle). There's lots more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, sample the fine beverages at Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs journey planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista 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 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aspen, Eagle Ranch Golf Club, Rocky Mountains, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas

3
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Take a break from Palisade with a short trip to Colorado National Monument in Fruita, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, and savor the flavors at Colterris Wines.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palisade travel route planning site .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Palisade in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Palisade: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©
Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards
Maison la Belle Vie Winery ©
Maison la Belle Vie Winery

5
nights
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.
Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Mesa Verde National Park (Cliff Palace, Balcony House, & more), Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Spas (in Pagosa Springs). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and stop by Honeyville.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Palisade to Durango in 4 hours. Traveling from Palisade in July, things will get slightly colder in Durango: highs are around 86°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Million Dollar Highway, Spas
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas
Durango Craft Spirits ©
Durango Craft Spirits

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