8 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

8 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to New Orleans

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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Cañon City (Skyline Drive & River Rafting & Tubing) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, get engrossed in the history at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs online vacation maker.

New Orleans to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New Orleans in June, expect much colder with lows of 54°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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 23rd (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Colorado Springs - with highs of 79°F and lows of 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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.
On the 24th (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Durango vacation app.

Drive from Buena Vista to Durango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arches National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Moab day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Durango to Moab takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In June, Moab is a bit warmer than Durango - with highs of 95°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.