10 days in Colorado, Gillette & Grand Island Itinerary

10 days in Colorado, Gillette & Grand Island Itinerary

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Start: Phoenix
Drive:  8 h 30 min
1
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Gillette
— 1 night
drive:  15 h
6
Grand Island
— 1 night
drive:  11 h
End: Phoenix

2
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Off-Road Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest, and shop like a local with Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner.

Phoenix to Durango is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Phoenix in July, with highs in Durango at 86°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Off-Road Tours
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Durango to Buena Vista takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or fly. Traveling from Durango in July, things will get a bit cooler in Buena Vista: highs are around 80°F and lows about 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

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night
Colorado Springs

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 28th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, thenstroll around Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs tour builder tool.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 86°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, thentake a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, thenshop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gillette.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park

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night
Gillette

Gillette ©
Gillette is a city in and the county seat of Campbell County, Wyoming, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at Rockpile Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Frontier Auto Museum, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Durham Bison Ranch.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gillette journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rocky Mountain National Park to Gillette. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Island.

Things to do in Gillette

Museums Shopping
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Rockpile Museum ©
Rockpile Museum
Frontier Auto Museum ©
Frontier Auto Museum

1
night
Grand Island

Grand Island ©
Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. On the 31st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, thentake an in-depth tour of Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, and then stop by Stagecoach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Platte River and then cool off at Island Oasis Water Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Grand Island online trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Gillette to Grand Island with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gillette to Grand Island. Traveling from Gillette in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Grand Island, with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Island

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kearney
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Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer ©
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer
Island Oasis Water Park ©
Island Oasis Water Park
Platte River ©
Platte River

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