11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1
night
Estes Park

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 25th (Sat), stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and then look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park online trip maker .

Fort Lauderdale to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally browse the fresh offerings at The Source. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, then stop by Belmar, then get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Denver day trip planning site .

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Denver sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Belmar
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip builder site .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery ©
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 31st (Fri), learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Canon City trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in August: highs in Canon City hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs road trip tool .

You can drive from Canon City to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Canon City in August: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): look for gifts at Honeyville, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Durango day trip website .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Durango takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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