12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Las Vegas

1
night
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.
For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary site .

Las Vegas to Durango is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Durango due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in May, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Durango: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then admire all the interesting features of Independence Pass.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen route planner.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Aspen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in May: highs in Aspen hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Canon City trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in May: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 72°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 22nd (Wed), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Earthwood Artisans, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Dream Lake, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Canon City to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. May in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Earthwood Artisans
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

2
nights
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 24th (Fri): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: browse the fresh offerings at The Source, then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In May in Denver, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs visit planner .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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