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
— 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 45​min
End: Detroit

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.
When in Denver, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, steep yourself in history at Union Station, and see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver online trip planner .

Detroit to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Denver. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Denver. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the activities along Bear Lake, take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Estes Park
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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.
On the 12th (Thu), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and finally explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs route planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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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 14th (Sat): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Canon City tour planner .

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 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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 15th (Sun): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista road trip app .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Canon City in July: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 80°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Aspen, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stop by Animas Chocolate Company, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Durango attractions website .

You can fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

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

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