11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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 ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon and then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker site .

Cincinnati to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Cincinnati to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Cincinnati in August, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow 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. On the 8th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge.

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

Drive from Colorado Springs to Alamosa in 3 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, Alamosa is little chillier at night with lows of 45°F. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Alamosa

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

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Getting from Alamosa to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 2 hours. In August in Pagosa Springs, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 49°F at night. 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
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): don't miss a visit to New Sheridan Hotel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alpine Chapel, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally get outside with Via Ferrata.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Telluride trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Telluride in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Telluride: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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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night
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): wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, then do a tasting at Colterris Wines, and finally do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

Plan my Grand Junction trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Telluride to Grand Junction by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Telluride in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Grand Junction: highs are around 89°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Colterris Wines ©
Colterris Wines

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Grand Junction in August: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Spas

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen travel website .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Aspen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
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.
On the 15th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Breckenridge to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in August, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

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

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver online visit planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Denver sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

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

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