13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Boulder
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pueblo
— 1 day
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Junction
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Denver

— 2 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Clyfford Still Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and National Ballpark Museum. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Mines Museum of Earth Science, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Whiskey Distillery & Cocktail Bar, and deepen your understanding at Colorado Railroad Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip builder site.

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Philadelphia to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 8th (Wed), hike along Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. 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 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Boulder

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): head outdoors with Rocky Mountain Anglers, get a taste of the local shopping with Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, then grab your bike and head to Boulder Creek Path, and finally hike along Sugarloaf Mountain.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Boulder road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Boulder takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Boulder are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
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.
Glen Eyrie Castle and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and ANA Money Museum. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Nature Center, and enjoy some music at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Colorado Springs vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Boulder to Colorado Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pueblo.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Pueblo

— 1 day
Pueblo is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Pueblo County, Colorado, United States. On the 13th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at El Pueblo History Museum, enjoy some music at Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and finally take an in-depth tour of Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pueblo trip maker website.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Pueblo by car takes about an hour. When traveling from Colorado Springs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pueblo: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Pueblo

Museums · Nature · Parks · Nightlife

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the activities along Little Medano Creek and then stroll through High Dune Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve day trip tool.

Getting from Pueblo to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve by car takes about 2 hours. In July, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is little chillier than Pueblo - with highs of 83°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, then don't miss a visit to Park Point, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park journey site.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, expect Mesa Verde National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 90°F and 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get great views at Warner Point, take a memorable drive along South Rim Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Gunnison Point.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park attractions planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive · Parks

Grand Junction

The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction sightseeing planner.

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. In July in Grand Junction, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 64°F at night. You will leave for home on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature

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.