12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Durango
— 1 night
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
3
Fruita
— 1 night
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
6
Canon City
— 1 night
7
Estes Park
— 2 nights

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durango Craft Spirits.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango tour planner.

Charlotte to Durango is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Durango due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Charlotte in July since evenings lows in Durango dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
St. Columba Catholic Church ©
St. Columba Catholic Church
Durango Craft Spirits ©
Durango Craft Spirits

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Park Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. August in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument and then stroll through McInnis Canyons Conservation Area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fruita trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Fruita takes 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fruita when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

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.
Visiting Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail will get you outdoors. There's more to do: cruise along Independence Pass and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner.

You can drive from Fruita to Aspen in 2.5 hours. In August, Aspen is slightly colder than Fruita - with highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Hanging Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around McPhelemy Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip itinerary site.

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in August, with highs in Canon City at 89°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook and then stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online route planner.

Getting from Canon City to Estes Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Canon City in August since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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