13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Memphis
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
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
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Memphis

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at Trimble Hot Springs.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Durango online driving holiday planner .

Memphis to Durango is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Memphis to Durango due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Memphis, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen online itinerary planner .

Getting from Durango to Aspen by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Durango in August; daily highs in Aspen reach 77°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista road trip planning tool .

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Canon City trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in August; daily highs in Canon City reach 89°F and lows reach 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

3
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.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, go for a walk through Pikes Peak, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs vacation builder website .

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in August, things will get slightly colder in Colorado Springs: highs are around 83°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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
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 2nd (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park route builder site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Denver journey planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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