16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Denver — 3 nights

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 out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Annual Flower Trial Garden (in Fort Collins), River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Photography Tours (in Estes Park). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, stroll through Denver Botanic Gardens, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip maker tool.

Houston to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Denver is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Houston in July; daily highs in Denver reach 87°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then trek along Mt Ida Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In July in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Durango.
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Durango — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Durango travel planning app.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Durango in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Durango sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Aspen.
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Aspen — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Thermal Spas). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aspen travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Durango to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durango in August: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 77°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.
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Buena Vista — 2 nights

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Mt democrat alma colorado and then get engrossed in the history at South Park City Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista itinerary builder.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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