10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 1 day
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vail
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
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Denver

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then stroll through Dinosaur Ridge, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Falcon Castle Trail, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip app.

Fort Lauderdale to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July since evenings lows in Denver dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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 2nd (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, contemplate the waterfront views at Gem Lake, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kruger Rock.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park online attractions planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Vail

— 2 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 3rd (Sat), fly down the slopes at Vail Nordic Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Mountain Resort, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vail Interfaith Chapel. On your second day here, browse the fresh offerings at Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show, get outside with Booth Falls Vail Colorado, then trek along Booth Falls Trail, and finally stroll through Minturn Mile.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Vail trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Vail in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Estes Park, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Grottos Trail. Get outdoors at Crater Lake Trail and West Maroon Trail. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and take in the architecture and design of Aspen Music Festival and School.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip planner.

Getting from Vail to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Vail in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nightlife

Side Trips

Breckenridge

— 2 nights

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.
On the 8th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Fairy Forest, explore the landscape on two wheels at Sawmill Creek Trail, then get outside with Mountain Angler, then take an in-depth tour of High Line Railroad Park, and finally admire all the interesting features of Boreas Pass Road.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Breckenridge trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Aspen in July: highs in Breckenridge hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Denver.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Museums

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

On the 9th (Fri), explore the galleries of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver planner.

Drive from Breckenridge to Denver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Breckenridge in July: highs in Denver hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks

Side 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.