7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation planner

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
On the 24th (Thu), stroll through Mini Incline, then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and then cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. On your second day here, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs tour itinerary planner.

Minneapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 54°F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Forest Canyon Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then hike along Tundra Communities Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive · Parks

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 27th (Sun), get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista tour builder app.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 79°F and lows are around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek, and then hike along High Dune Trail.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Buena Vista to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. In June, daytime highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Durango

— 2 nights
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 29th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then whizz through the canopy 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 30th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Durango trip simple and quick.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Durango. In June in Durango, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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.