13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + Taxi:  16​h 15​min
1
Canon City
— 1 day
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Boulder
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo

1
day
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Canon City trip itinerary planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Canon City is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Canon City. When traveling from Sao Paulo in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canon City: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Long House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Canon City to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Canon City in August since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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.
On the 9th (Thu), enjoy the views from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then stop by Honeyville, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango trip builder tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. August in Durango sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Honeyville ©
Honeyville
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, and then look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Getting from Durango to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Durango in August, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

3
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and 16th Street Mall. Head to Pearl Street Mall and Boulder County Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boulder: Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park), Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures (in Estes Park) and Denver (Denver Art Museum & Denver Museum of Nature & Science). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll around Dairy Arts Center and browse the different shops at Twenty Ninth Street.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Boulder journey planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Boulder in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, expect nights in Boulder to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are much hotter, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Denver, Estes Park, Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
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.
Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops in Castle Rock, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, and find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip maker website .

You can drive from Boulder to Colorado Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Commonwheel Artists Co-op, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Commonwheel Artists Co-op ©
Commonwheel Artists Co-op

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