14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel planner
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Denver — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally appreciate the history behind The Colorado Freedom Memorial.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary builder app.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Denver. In June in Denver, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Estes Park.
Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Estes Park — 1 night

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 27th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then explore the activities along Bear Lake, and finally admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls.

Plan my day in Rocky Mountain National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Rocky Mountain National Park is just a stone's throw from Estes Park. In June, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Colorado Springs — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Aspen.
Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Aspen — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in July: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 81°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Ouray.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Ouray — 1 night

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 3rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, make a trip to Yankee Girl Mine, then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip planning site.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Telluride.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Telluride — 2 nights

The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at San Miguel River, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally hike along Last Dollar Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Town Park, don't miss a visit to Main Street, then see Telluride Outside, and finally contemplate the long history of New Sheridan Hotel.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Telluride road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Telluride takes 1.5 hours. In July in Telluride, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Durango.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Side Trip

Durango — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Durango travel planner.

You can drive from Telluride to Durango in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Telluride in July, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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.
On the 7th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums

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.