6 days in Santa Fe & Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Santa Fe & Colorado Itinerary

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Santa Fe
— 1 night
— 1 night
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Cañon City
— 1 night
— 1 night


Santa Fe — 1 night

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel and then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at New Mexico History Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

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Pittsburgh to Santa Fe is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Santa Fe due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pittsburgh in June: highs in Santa Fe hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Durango.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, Durango is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Buena Vista — 1 night

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see Off-Road Tours and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Buena Vista takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cañon City.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Cañon City — 1 night

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then snap pictures at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cañon City trip maker site.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Cañon City in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in June; daily highs in Cañon City reach 89°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Denver.
Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Denver — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Getting from Cañon City to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Cañon City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Shopping

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.