10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary builder

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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Loveland
— 1 night
Drive
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Fairplay
— 1 night
Drive
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Cañon City
— 1 night
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
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Denver

— 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown) and Idaho Springs (The Soap Shop & River Rafting & Tubing). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner.

Los Angeles to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Denver due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Denver when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 60°F. You'll set off for Colorado Springs on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 2 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 15th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then walk around Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs day trip planning app.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Loveland.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Loveland

— 1 night
The City of Loveland is the Home Rule Municipality that is the second most populous municipality in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. On the 17th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Mariano Medina's Grave.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Loveland trip planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Loveland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Loveland are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Fairplay.

Things to do in Loveland

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Fairplay

— 1 night
Fairplay is the statutory town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Park County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): head outdoors with Mt democrat alma colorado, wander the wide-open spaces of American Safari Ranch, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum.

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You can drive from Loveland to Fairplay in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Loveland in July, expect Fairplay to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cañon City.

Things to do in Fairplay

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Drive, admire the landmark architecture of The Abbey Events Complex, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cañon City trip planner.

You can drive from Fairplay to Cañon City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fairplay in July, expect nights in Cañon City to be much hotter, around 63°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 90°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Breckenridge

— 1 night

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): go for a walk through Vail Pass Path, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, then don't miss a visit to Main Street, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Fairy Forest.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge road trip planner.

You can drive from Cañon City to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Cañon City in July, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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.