11 days in Norfolk & Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Norfolk & Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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Norfolk
— 2 nights
Fly
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Denver
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cañon City
— 1 night
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Norfolk

— 2 nights
Norfolk formed around a natural harbor that’s home to the world’s largest naval base, which helped cement the city as a keystone for strategic military planning and government.
We've included these beaches for you: Virginia Beach and Chick's Beach. Visiting Sandbridge Beach and First Landing State Park will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Norfolk: Tarnished Truth Distilling Company (in Virginia Beach), Cape Charles Beach (in Cape Charles) and Colonial Williamsburg (in Williamsburg). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Norfolk trip maker site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Norfolk. In August, daily temperatures in Norfolk can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Norfolk

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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 24th (Mon), cast your line with a fishing tour and then buy something for everyone on your list at 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Mini Incline, then hike along Gateway Mesa Open Space Park, then explore by horseback at Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Denver tour builder.

You can fly from Norfolk to Denver in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Norfolk in August since evenings lows in Denver dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 26th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

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Traveling by flight from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Denver in August since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Palisade

— 2 nights
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): do a tasting at Grande River Vineyards & Winery, then do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, then learn about winemaking at Red Fox Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at Canyon Wind Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then learn about winemaking at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Palisade tour planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Palisade in 5 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Palisade, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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 29th (Sat): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Palisade to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Palisade in August, with highs in Aspen at 77°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cañon City.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cañon City online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Cañon City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in August; daily highs in Cañon City reach 89°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

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.