Durango, Colorado is a captivating vacation destination that’s worth exploring year-round. That said, there’s something endlessly appealing about a trip this way enjoyed in the summer in Durango when the scenery is at its best and the vibrant atmosphere is undeniable! If you’re fortunate enough to have three summer days to spare in the name of fun far from the daily grind, this itinerary is a great starting point designed to inspire. From the food and activities to the outdoor adventure and indoor entertainment, you’ll find that Durango is truly a place that has something for everyone no matter what your travel interests and passions may be. Enjoy taking time to explore this summer journey to Durango that’s filled with options and moments that you certainly won’t want to miss while you’re in town.
Begin your first day of summer adventure in Durango by fueling up with a hearty breakfast enjoyed at Durango Doughworks. This savory morning eatery is found at 2653 Main Avenue and provides the protein and morning sweets that help everyone who steps in make the most of starting the morning right. When you’ve had your fill, head over to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to enjoy one of the most iconic activities in the area! You’ll hop onboard this steam-powered locomotive and explore local valleys and canyons while savoring breathtaking sights of the Animas River Valley, San Juan Mountains and more. After your ride, head over to Chimayo Stone fired Kitchen at 862 Main Street to enjoy a well-earned lunch alongside family and friends. From here, you’ll want to hop in the car and make the most of a sightseeing trip that promises to be one-of-a-kind. Follow the San Juan Skyway scenic loop which connects Durango with Ridgeway, Ouray, Telluride, Rico, Cortez, and Mancos. Technically, this is a full-day drive, but you can customize it to fit your timeline as you take in the alpine lakes, forests, and mountains in abundance from a comfortable vantage point on four wheels. Tonight, dinner is served at 11th Street Station which is easily found at 1101 Main Avenue.
Day two of your Durango summer fun begins with breakfast dished up at College Drive Café. Found at 666 E College Drive, this café is a great place to enjoy everything from eggs and pancakes to breakfast burritos and French toast too. After breakfast, work off those calories at the Purgatory Bike Park where you can take to scenic and challenging trails on two wheels alongside your family and friends. This stop hosts over 400 miles of trails to explore and can easily accommodate riders of all skill levels. When you’ve made the most of outdoor fun, head over to Durango Diner at 957 Main Avenue to enjoy a nostalgic diner-inspired lunch. From here, you’ll want to make your way towards downtown’s art galleries and studios (more than 30 to be precise!) where you’ll spend some time browsing artistic creations and letting your own creative juices flow. Tonight, dinner can be enjoyed at Seasons of Durango on Main Avenue where flavor and sophisticated dining collide in style.
The final day of your summer adventure to Durango should begin with a breakfast enjoyed at Oscar’s Café. Found at 18 Town Plaza, this breakfast joint enjoys a menu that features American breakfast favorites infused with some sensational southwest flair. After breakfast, make your way to the iconic Mesa Verde National Park for time exploring pieces of the past that are sure to inspire. This park is located just outside of Manco, west of Durango, and hosts over 5,000 archaeological sites in total. From cliff dwellings to sandstone cliffs, everywhere you look there’s something incredible that’s rich in history. After touring this iconic stop, you’ll want to grab lunch at Grassburger on Main Avenue before taking time to stroll the in-town trail that runs along the scenic Animas River. Enjoying walking this route at your own pace, but if you’re in the mood for more adrenaline-pumping fun, there are options to reserve at tube and take to the water as well! Tonight, dinner is served at Derailed Pour House found at 725 Main Street.
Book Your Getaway Today This Summer in Durango
There’s never been a better time to enjoy a getaway to Durango, Colorado, and there’s no reason to wait when you’re ready to experience the beauty and fun for yourself. Let the team at Durango Colorado Vacations handle your accommodation details so that when you arrive, the only thing left to focus on is the fun that’s waiting to be had! Our team is here to make sure you’re settled into a home away from home that meets your need and exceeds expectations at every turn. Our properties pair comfort, luxury, and style like never before. Reach out today to learn more and to start planning your next trip to Durango. We can’t wait to welcome you to scenic Colorado soon! Check out our Purgatory vacation homes and enjoy great amenities and views from the comforts of your home away from home!