16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner
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Buena Vista
— 1 day
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Durango
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Buena Vista — 1 day

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 23rd (Sat), view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Houston to Buena Vista is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in July, you will find days in Buena Vista are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are cooler (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aspen.
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Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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 outdoors at Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). There's more to do: make a trip to Independence Pass.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Aspen online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Aspen are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Estes Park.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Estes Park — 3 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and The Beach at Grand Lake. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park journey maker website.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in July; daily highs in Estes Park reach 91°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

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 in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Evans. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Denver Botanic Gardens and 16th Street Mall. Step out of Denver with an excursion to Pearl Street Mall in Boulder--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.
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Shopping · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain and Climbing Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Pueblo Heritage Museum (in Pueblo) and Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Royal Gorge Bridge and Park). There's still lots to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, stop by Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): trot along with a tour on horseback and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Durango day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Durango in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Durango when traveling from Colorado Springs in August, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
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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