38 days in Colorado Itinerary

38 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Durango
— 5 nights
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Ouray
— 4 nights
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Grand Junction
— 4 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 5 nights
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Buena Vista
— 4 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 5 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Million Dollar Highway. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Off-Road Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores), Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez) and Long House (in Mesa Verde National Park). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, get a taste of the local shopping with Two Old Crows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotary Park, and take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Durango tour itinerary planner.

San Antonio to Durango is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Durango is minus 1 hour. When traveling from San Antonio in June, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Durango: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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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. Family-friendly places like Off-Road Tours and Valley Floor will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Dennis Weaver Memorial Park. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Painted Wall & South Rim Road) and Telluride (Bear Creek Falls & Cornet Creek Falls). And it doesn't end there: hike along Yankee Boy Basin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ouray journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

4
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Grand Junction

The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like Colorado National Monument and Downtown Grand Junction. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Junction: Black Bridge Winery (in Paonia), Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards (in Hotchkiss) and Crag Crest Trail (in Mesa (Mesa County)). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Grand Junction takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ouray in June; daily highs in Grand Junction reach 91°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Family-friendly places like Thermal Spas and River Rafting & Tubing will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Glenwood Springs side-trips: Aspen (Rio Grande Trail & Aspen Mountain / Ajax). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Grand Junction in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Zipline and Independence Pass. Venture out of the city with trips to Montgomery Reservoir (in Alma), Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation (in Guffey) and Leadville National Fish Hatchery (in Leadville). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Step out of the city life by going to Photography Tours and Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Trail Ridge Road and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Rocky Mountain National Park: Steamboat Springs (Steamboat Ski Resort & Fish Creek Falls). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning site.

Getting from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In June, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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 outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Evans. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Flatirons (in Boulder), Georgetown (Clear Creek Canyon & Georgetown Firefighting Museum) and Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at 16th Street Mall, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and identify plant and animal life at Winter Park Resort.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Visiting North Cheyenne Canon Park and The Broadmoor Seven Falls will get you outdoors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fountain Creek Nature Center, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Nature

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.