10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

London
Fly:  12​h
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Buena Vista
— Few hours
bus + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  14​h 15​min
London

1
day
Denver

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.
On the 18th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Union Station, Denver, CO and then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Denver is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from London to Denver, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Denver: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Denver

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Union Station, Denver, CO
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
days
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.
On the 20th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at San Juan National Forest and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): examine the collection at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Durango vacation builder.

You can fly from Denver to Durango in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Denver in August since evenings lows in Durango dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan

1
day
Aspen

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aspen vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durango in August; daily highs in Aspen reach 29°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Sightseeing
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
day
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista online itinerary creator.

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Canon City itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in August: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 38°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

1
day
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs vacation trip planner.

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Sightseeing Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Garden of the Gods

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