16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail. Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Blue Sky Adventures about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip site .

Dallas to Aspen is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in June, expect nights in Aspen to be cooler, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

few
hours
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Canon City day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in June; daily highs in Canon City reach 89°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Ruxton's Trading Post, and get engrossed in the history at Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Evans. When in Denver, make a side trip to see Flatirons in Boulder, approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, stop by Dardano's Shoes, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, explore the activities along Sprague Lake, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Step out of the city life by going to Fish Creek Falls and Steamboat Ski Resort. Step out of Steamboat Springs to go to Walden and see Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, stop by F M Light & Sons, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. June in Steamboat Springs sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

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