12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + bus + subway:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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 6th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Denver road trip tool .

Washington DC to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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 9th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame, then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online holiday planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City road trip planning website .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canon City: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

few
hours
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, Buena Vista is little chillier than Canon City - with highs of 79°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

3
nights
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.
Visiting Maroon Bells and Blue Sky Adventures will get you outdoors. Take a break from Glenwood Springs with a short trip to The John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: trek along Hanging Lake Trail, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Blue Sky Adventures ©
Blue Sky Adventures
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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