5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip maker
Make it your trip
— 1 night
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Cañon City
— 1 night


Durango — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango online vacation planner.

Kansas City to Durango is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Durango due to the time zone difference. July in Durango sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can fly to Glenwood Springs.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Glenwood Springs — 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Wed), test the waters at a local thermal spa and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs day trip planning site.

Fly from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.
Spas · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Buena Vista — 1 night

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see Off-Road Tours and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip maker site.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cañon City.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Cañon City — 1 night

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 22nd (Fri), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then snap pictures at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cañon City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Cañon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect Cañon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 90°F and 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Colorado travel guide

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.