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
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
4
Canon City
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  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.
Visit 16th Street Mall and Denver Union Station for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Denver Botanic Gardens and Liberty Puzzles. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum and contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge.

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Washington DC to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Boulder, Dinosaur Ridge, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

3
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.
Visiting Photography Tours and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Head to Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and The Studio Fine Art and Framingfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). And it doesn't end there: stop by Purple Mountain Taffy Company, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fall River Jewelry, Coins & Antiques, and hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Estes Park sightseeing site .

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

1
day
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 30th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Estes Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
day
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): cruise along Skyline Drive, then look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City day trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Canon City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Canon City, with lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Tue), see a world frozen in time at Winfield, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, then take in the exciting artwork at Two Wild Sisters, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Canon City in July, with highs in Buena Vista at 80°F and lows at 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Two Wild Sisters
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Two Wild Sisters ©
Two Wild Sisters

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.
Get outdoors at Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Gene Taylor Sports, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Gene Taylor Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

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