8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado attractions planner
Make it your trip
— 1 night
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights


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 18th (Sat), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango online route planner.

San Diego to Durango is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Durango due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and cooler nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Glenwood Springs.
Outdoors · Tours · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs online holiday maker.

You can fly from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.
Spas · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

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 21st (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista visit planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Buena Vista to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Colorado Springs — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park & River Rafting & Tubing). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs visit planning site.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Buena Vista in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Theme Parks
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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.