11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner
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Denver
— 1 night
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Train to Denver Airport Station, Foot to Denver, Fly to Aspen
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Cañon City
— 1 night
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Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Denver — 1 night

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 25th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Denver vacation planning tool.

Fort Lauderdale to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Denver is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Aspen.
Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Aspen — 2 nights

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.
You've now added Independence Pass to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), get great views at Independence Pass and then look for gifts at Snowmass Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around The John Denver Sanctuary and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

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

Getting from Denver to Aspen by combination of train and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Denver in July, expect Aspen to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Buena Vista — 1 night

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip maker website.

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cañon City.
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Cañon City — 1 night

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cañon City trip planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Cañon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect Cañon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 90°F and 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Manitou Springs.
Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
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Manitou Springs — 2 nights

Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
You've now added Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway to your itinerary. On the 30th (Mon), cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, tour the old-fashioned way with Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, and then have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Manitou Springs vacation planner.

Getting from Cañon City to Manitou Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cañon City in July: high temperatures in Manitou Springs hover around 82°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.
Tours · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Colorado Springs

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 1st (Wed), see where the action happens at Olympic Training Center.

To find maps and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Colorado Springs is just a stone's throw from Manitou Springs. August in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Durango.
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Durango — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Soaring Tree Top Adventures as well as Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. On the 2nd (Thu), whizz through the canopy at Soaring Tree Top Adventures. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Durango online tour planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Durango by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 51°F in Durango. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.