13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cañon City
— 3 nights
Drive

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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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs) and Hotel de Paris Museum (in Georgetown). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Denver online driving holiday planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Denver. In July, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
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 18th (Sat): get great views at Milner Pass, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls. On the next day, stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 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 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Horseback Riding Tours has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and finally shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains and then get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 68°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 3 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes River Rafting & Tubing. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Buena Vista River Park and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Cañon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Cañon City

— 3 nights

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Royal Gorge Bridge and Park as well as Colorado Jeep Tours. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, hike along Tunnel Drive, and make a trip to The Abbey Events Complex.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cañon City road trip planning site.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Cañon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in July, with highs in Cañon City at 90°F and lows at 63°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.