13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Pittsburgh

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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary builder website .

Pittsburgh to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Denver when traveling from Pittsburgh in August, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, explore the activities along Dream Lake, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. August in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs driving holiday planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are little chillier (83°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Canon City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Canon City, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

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

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 9th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Canon City - with highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

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.
On the 10th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Aspen tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Durango.

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

2
nights
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 12th (Sun): stop by Animas Chocolate Company, then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Durango trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Aspen to Durango by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Durango are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
River Rafting & Tubing

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