11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  6 h
1
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Alamosa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Telluride
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
8
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Cincinnati

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Colorado Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space and then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs visit planner.

Cincinnati to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cincinnati to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cincinnati in August, expect little chillier with lows of 56°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Alamosa.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

1
night
Alamosa

Alamosa ©
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Alamosa route builder.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Alamosa takes 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Alamosa when traveling from Colorado Springs in August, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Alamosa

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, thenpedal to the sights with Bike Tours, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Pagosa Springs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Alamosa to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Adventure
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, thendelve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip app.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Telluride.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. On the 11th (Sun), steep yourself in history at New Sheridan Hotel, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Alpine Chapel, thenadmire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally head outdoors with Via Ferrata.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Telluride vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Telluride in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Telluride, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel
Alpine Chapel ©
Alpine Chapel

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stop by Downtown Grand Junction, thenlearn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, thendo a tasting at Colterris at the Overlook, and finally learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction route planner.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Grand Junction takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Telluride in August: high temperatures in Grand Junction hover around 89°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
Colterris at the Overlook ©
Colterris at the Overlook
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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.
On the 13th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, thentake in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs route planner.

Drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Grand Junction, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Spas

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

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

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Aspen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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night
Breckenridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, thenget engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip builder tool.

Getting from Aspen to Breckenridge by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Aspen in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Frisco
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenhit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Breckenridge in August, plan for warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Photography Tours
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures

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Denver

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, thensteep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum.

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You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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