8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey maker

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Make it your trip
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 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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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then 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.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Durango holiday planner.

Joplin to Durango is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Joplin to Durango due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Joplin in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Durango, with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 10:

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Fri), see Off-Road Tours and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista holiday builder site.

Getting from Durango to Buena Vista by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Durango in June: highs in Buena Vista hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 11:

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.
On the 12th (Sat), hike along Hanging Lake Trail, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs day trip planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 12:

Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park travel planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
On the 14th (Mon), make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then take an in-depth tour of Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, stroll around Garden of the Gods, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.