16 days in Colorado & Montana Itinerary

16 days in Colorado & Montana Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado & Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
6
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
End: New York City

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 19th (Fri), appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Aspen online journey planner .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Aspen, with highs around 81°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through Buena Vista River Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, CaƱon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 23rd (Tue), cruise along Skyline Drive and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Canon City using our trip planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. In July, Canon City is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 90°F and lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

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

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip app .

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, plan for little chillier nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, admire the sheer force of Apikuni Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, and trek along Swiftcurrent Lake.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glacier National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In July, Glacier National Park is a bit cooler than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then browse the exhibits of Yellowstone Historic Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone road trip website .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to West Yellowstone in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. In August, West Yellowstone is slightly colder than Glacier National Park - with highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Theme Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

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