12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  9​h 30​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:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Boston

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.
For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Durango vacation builder website .

Boston to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Boston in July, Durango is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Keep things going the next day: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then cruise along Independence Pass.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aspen day trip planning website .

Fly from Durango to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Durango in July; daily highs in Aspen reach 81°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, then relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista route maker tool .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 25th (Thu), get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 90°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

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

2
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 26th (Fri): stroll through Pikes Peak, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally make a trip to Olympic Training Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip planner .

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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 28th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes. Keep things going the next day: trek along Hallett Peak, explore the activities along Bear Lake, and then take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park travel route builder app .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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