12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Fort Collins
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kalamazoo

1
night
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 1st (Sat), stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Kalamazoo to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Kalamazoo to Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kalamazoo in June, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are a bit cooler (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Winding River Resort Stables
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

1
night
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Annual Flower Trial Garden, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then do a tasting at Lost Prairie Winery.

Plan a Fort Collins trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Annual Flower Trial Garden ©
Annual Flower Trial Garden
Lost Prairie Winery ©
Lost Prairie Winery

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Coors Field and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Denver Zoo and then take in the dramatic natural features at Roxborough State Park.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver day trip planner .

Getting from Fort Collins to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Roxborough State Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): get your game on at Battlefield Colorado and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. June in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Climbing Tours
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City route maker .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Sun), sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista visit planner .

Drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. In June, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Canon City - with highs of 79°F and lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rio Grande Trail and Crater Lake Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Buttermilk Mountain. There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen driving holiday planner .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Aspen, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

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