34 days in Colorado Itinerary

34 days in Colorado Itinerary

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34 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kearney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 6 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Fort Collins
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Kearney

6
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Water World. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Boulder (Flatirons & Humane Society of Boulder Valley), Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs) and Guanella Pass (in Georgetown). On the 4th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Winter Park Resort. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, contemplate the long history of Union Station, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Denver travel route planner.

Kearney to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Boulder, Water World, Guanella Pass, Winter Park Resort
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

5
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.
Attractions like Garden of the Gods and North Pole - Santa's Workshop make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, and have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc.

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

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Canon City day trip website .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canon City, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Temple Israel (in Leadville), Salida (Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area & Browns Canyon National Monument) and Breckenridge (Hoosier Pass & Quandary Peak). It doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Canon City in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 77°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Salida, Temple Israel
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Quandary Peak ©
Quandary Peak
Browns Canyon National Monument ©
Browns Canyon National Monument

3
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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Purgatory Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Cliff Palace & Long House) and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, stop by Honeyville, take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Durango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Get out of town with these interesting Glenwood Springs side-trips: Aspen (Maroon Bells, The John Denver Sanctuary, & more). And it doesn't end there: hike along Hanging Lake Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Durango in August, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

7
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Family-friendly places like Carousel of Happiness and Horseback Riding Tours will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Rocky Mountain National Park: Earthwood Artisans (in Estes Park) and The Alpaca Store and More (in Nederland). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak, explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and explore the activities along Lily Lake.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip maker .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, Nederland
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Horseback Riding Tours

3
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.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Colorado Model Railroad Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Loveland (North Lake Park, The Dam Store, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Cache La Poudre River, admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden, indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing, and hike along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Collins trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. August in Fort Collins sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Loveland, Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

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