11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Cripple Creek
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Canon City
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
5
Nathrop
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Telluride
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Silverton
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Durango
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
14
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Houston

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Coors Brewery, Colorado State Capitol and Denver Union Station. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): sample the tasty concoctions at Coors Brewery.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Denver day trip planning website .

Houston to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Denver due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Houston in August, with highs in Denver at 85°F and lows at 58°F. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Coors Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Colorado State Capitol ©
Colorado State Capitol

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Colorado City, The Broadmoor Seven Falls, Garden of the Gods, and other attractions you added. On the 19th (Mon), gain insight at United States Air Force Academy and then admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls. On your second day here, stroll around Garden of the Gods, delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
The Broadmoor Seven Falls ©
The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

few
hours
Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Wed), go deep underground at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine.

To plan Cripple Creek vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Cripple Creek, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Canon City.
Highlights from your plan
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine ©
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

few
hours
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): snap pictures at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Canon City trip planner.

Getting from Cripple Creek to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nathrop.

Things to do in Canon City

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

1
night
Nathrop

Nathrop
To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nathrop road trip tool .

You can drive from Canon City to Nathrop in 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Canon City in August; daily highs in Nathrop reach 77°F and lows reach 47°F. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Nathrop

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
South Rim Road has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take a memorable drive along South Rim Road.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nathrop to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nathrop in August: high temperatures in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park hover around 85°F and lows are around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Switzerland of America Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): test the waters at Ouray Hot Springs Pool.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip planner .

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Ouray takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in August, expect Ouray to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Tours Museums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Switzerland of America Tours ©
Switzerland of America Tours
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Ouray Hot Springs Pool ©
Ouray Hot Springs Pool

few
hours
Telluride

Telluride
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Telluride travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Telluride takes 1.5 hours. August in Telluride sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Ouray

Ouray
For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ouray online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Telluride to Ouray takes 1.5 hours. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Silverton

Silverton
The town of Silverton is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stop by Route 550 Gifts.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Silverton online road trip planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Silverton in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Silverton can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Durango.

Things to do in Silverton

Shopping

few
hours
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.
You've now added Historic Downtown Durango to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Silverton to Durango in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Silverton in August, you will find days in Durango are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.
Highlights from your plan
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures, LLC has been added to your itinerary.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Pagosa Springs using our trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in August, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are little chillier (77°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for Breckenridge.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): make a trip to Main Street.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Breckenridge online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Breckenridge in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in August: highs in Breckenridge hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.
Highlights from your plan
Main Street ©
Main Street

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park road trip app .

Getting from Breckenridge to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in August: highs in Estes Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Trails Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park

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