16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Bologna
Fly:  15​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Cortez
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Alamosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Denver
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h
End: Bologna

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mile High Bike Tours as well as Union Station. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a spin around town with Mile High Bike Tours and then contemplate the long history of Union Station.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner .

Bologna, Italy to Denver is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Bologna to Denver. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Bologna in August, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mile High Bike Tours ©
Mile High Bike Tours
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, explore and take pictures at Glacier Creek Stables, and then explore the activities along Lily Lake.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Glacier Creek Stables ©
Glacier Creek Stables

3
nights
Grand Junction

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Junction: Moab (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Arches National Park), Arches National Park (Delicate Arch & Wolfe Ranch Rock Art) and Colorado National Monument (in Fruita). There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa and do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Junction trip tool .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Junction by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Moab, Colorado National Monument, Meadery of the Rockies
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

1
night
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West, then take in nature's colorful creations at Montrose Botanic Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Ute Indian Museum, and finally explore the activities along Montrose Water Sports Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Montrose itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Grand Junction to Montrose by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Montrose when traveling from Grand Junction in August, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Montrose Water Sports Park ©
Montrose Water Sports Park
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ute Indian Museum ©
Ute Indian Museum

3
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: try to win big at Ute Mountain Casino, then appreciate the history behind Four Corners Monument, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cortez trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Montrose to Cortez in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Alamosa.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Ute Mountain Casino, Majestic Dude Ranch, Four Corners Monument
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Alamosa

Alamosa ©
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park and then admire the sheer force of Zapata Falls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Alamosa tour planner.

You can drive from Cortez to Alamosa in 4 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cortez in August, with highs in Alamosa at 31°C and lows at 8°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Alamosa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mosca, UFO Watchtower
Highlights from your plan
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
UFO Watchtower ©
UFO Watchtower

2
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.
For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Alamosa to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Traveling from Alamosa in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Colorado Springs. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy
Olympic Training Center ©
Olympic Training Center

few
hours
Denver

Denver ©
On the 21st (Tue), wander the streets of 16th Street Mall and then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

Plan a Denver trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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