8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Idaho Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Durango

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 18th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

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Dallas to Durango is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in July, expect nights in Durango to be colder, around 54°F, while days are slightly colder, around 86°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Mon), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Durango in July, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 80°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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Glenwood Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

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Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. On the 23rd (Thu), go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine, see the interesting displays at Argo Mill and Tunnel, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Idaho Springs online trip builder.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Idaho Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, with highs in Idaho Springs at 53°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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Colorado Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): walk around Garden of the Gods, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop and then find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Idaho Springs to Colorado Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Idaho Springs, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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.