16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
1
Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Seattle

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs tour itinerary planner .

Seattle to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Steamboat Springs. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Seattle in August since evenings lows in Steamboat Springs dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Nature Parks
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Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake. There's lots more to do: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rocky Mountain National Park trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Flatirons. Change things up with a short trip to Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and browse the fresh offerings at The Source.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Denver attractions website .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Denver are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Boulder, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

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night
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): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Durango online trip builder .

Getting from Denver to Durango by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Durango when traveling from Denver in August, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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 the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Rocky Mountains. Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Springs, about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: cruise along Independence Pass and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Aspen online holiday builder .

Traveling by flight from Durango to Aspen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Durango in August, things will get slightly colder in Aspen: highs are around 77°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hanging Lake Trail, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake 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 31st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum, relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista travel route planning website .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City tour itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, Canon City is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 89°F and lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs holiday app .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in September, expect little chillier with lows of 51°F in Colorado Springs. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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