13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
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
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Detroit

1
night
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 9th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and then pick up some local products at The Source. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Denver day trip planner.

Detroit to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and 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. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Denver. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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 11th (Wed), explore the activities along Bear Lake, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Gateway Gift Shop, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

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 13th (Fri): wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then go for a walk through Pikes Peak, and finally find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs driving holiday app .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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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
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): cruise along Skyline Drive, then examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Canon City trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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 16th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Buena Vista Boulder Garden, then experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and finally get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista tour app .

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by combination of car and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In July, Buena Vista is little chillier than Canon City - with highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aspen.

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

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 17th (Tue): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass. Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Aspen trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Aspen, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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 19th (Thu): examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Durango vacation planning website .

Fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

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

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Long House, then cruise along Ruins Road, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. July in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 56°F at night. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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