13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Cortez
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Buena Vista
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Majestic Dude Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Cortez Cultural Center, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cortez trip planner .

New York City to Cortez is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cortez is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cortez: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Majestic Dude Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Union Station, Denver, CO and 16th Street Mall. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and stop by Dardano's Shoes.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver vacation planner .

You can fly from Cortez to Denver in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cortez in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Denver, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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 1st (Sun): explore the activities along Bear Lake, then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

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 2nd (Mon): stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then browse the exhibits of Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods and then explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip maker 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. July in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 4th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Canon City trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canon City, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

few
hours
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 5th (Thu), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Canon City in July, with highs in Buena Vista at 79°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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 6th (Fri), appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen driving holiday planning site .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 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. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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