10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Durham

2
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. Go for a jaunt from Denver to Castle Rock to see Gateway Mesa Open Space Park about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: glide through natural beauty at Cherry Creek State Park, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Denver road trip planner .

Durham to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durham in May, with highs in Denver at 66°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Castle Rock, Cherry Creek State Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Cache La Poudre Wilderness, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find out how to plan a trip to Estes Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas

2
nights
Aspen

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 5th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

Before you visit Aspen, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Estes Park to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Estes Park in June, expect Aspen to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip builder .

You can drive from Aspen to Glenwood Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Canon City online trip builder .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Canon City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Canon City, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Garden Park Fossil Area ©
Garden Park Fossil Area

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