13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Aurora
— 2 nights
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Fort Collins
— 1 night
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Longmont
— 3 nights
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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Golden
— 2 nights
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Denver

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.
On the 10th (Thu), see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver route planning app.

Durham to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durham to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Aurora.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

2
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Aurora

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): walk around Great Plains Park, identify plant and animal life at Plains Conservation Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Aurora Reservoir, and finally grab your bike and head to Sulphur Gulch Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): browse the collection at Aurora Central Library, then admire the majestic nature at Cherry Creek State Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Launch Pad Brewery, and finally appreciate the history behind The Colorado Freedom Memorial.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aurora route planning website.

Aurora is very close to Denver. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Aurora

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

1
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Fort Collins

Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 14th (Mon), look for gifts at Vern's Toffee House, take in nature's colorful creations at Gardens on Spring Creek, admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden, then sample the tasty concoctions at Odell Brewing Company, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, explore the activities along Cache La Poudre River, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funkwerks.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fort Collins road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aurora to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. September in Fort Collins sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Longmont.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Outdoors

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Longmont

The City of Longmont is a Home Rule Municipality in Boulder and Weld counties of the U.S. On the 16th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Rabbit Mountain Open Space, take an in-depth tour of Loveland Museum/Gallery, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Left Hand Brewing Company. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, immerse yourself in nature at St. Vrain State Park, then relax in the rural setting at Anderson Farms, and finally explore the activities along Thomas Reservior.

Discover how to plan a Longmont trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Longmont takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Longmont

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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Boulder

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 18th (Fri), gain insight at University of Colorado at Boulder, then engage your brain at National Center for Atmospheric Research - NCAR, then explore the stunning scenery at Eldorado Canyon, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Avery Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Boulder Creek Path, take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, then take in the awesome beauty at Flagstaff Mountain, and finally view the masterpieces at Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Boulder trip planner.

Boulder is very close to Longmont. In September, daytime highs in Boulder are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Golden.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Golden

Lowell of the West

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
On the 20th (Sun), experience the excitement of Colorado Railroad Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Coors Brewery, then take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum & Park, and finally admire the majestic nature at Golden Gate Canyon State Park. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and then cruise along Guanella Pass.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Golden holiday website.

Traveling by car from Boulder to Golden takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Golden

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.