16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly + Bus:  8 h 15 min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Denver
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Tampa, Florida

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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 13th (Mon), get answers to all your questions at Estes Park Visitor Center, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then take in the exciting artwork at Bear Necessities & Cubs.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park road trip planning app .

Tampa to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tampa to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in May, you will find days in Estes Park are little chillier (70°F), and nights are cooler (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

4
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver online visit planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

3
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip maker tool .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 22nd (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive, look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Canon City trip planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Canon City are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 23rd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at McPhelemy Park and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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You can drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Canon City in May: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 62°F and lows are around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
Step out of Aspen to go to Glenwood Springs and see Thermal Spas, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Aspen visit site .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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 27th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery, and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Durango attractions planning app .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Aspen in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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