13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the activities along Crown Hill Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Denver holiday planning website.

Minneapolis to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Denver when traveling from Minneapolis in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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 25th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park travel route planner.

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Estes Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Durango

— 1 night
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 27th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Durango sightseeing planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Durango by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in July, things will get slightly colder in Durango: highs are around 86°F and lows about 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 28th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, then have fun and explore at Glenwood Railroad Museum, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Durango to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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 30th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, see Off-Road Tours, and then cruise along Independence Pass.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Aspen trip builder app.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Aspen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip website.

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Nature

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado and then find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.