9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Denver
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Lyon

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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.
Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Canon City and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, gain insight at United States Air Force Academy, explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder.

Lyon, France to Colorado Springs is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Lyon to Colorado Springs. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lyon in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours, explore the activities along Clear Creek Reservoir, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista online trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around 31°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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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 5th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Durango travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Durango in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, you will find days in Durango are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

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 6th (Tue): trek along Hanging Lake Trail, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Getting from Durango to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Adventure · Tours

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park vacation builder.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas

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Denver

Mile-High City

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 8th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

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Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Denver are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Parks

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.