16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  6​h
1
Denver
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Cortez
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Toronto

4
nights
Denver

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 16th Street Mall and Union Station, Denver, CO. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Boulder (Pearl Street Mall & Flatirons). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Coors Field, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Denver road trip planning app .

Toronto, Canada to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Toronto in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Denver: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Boulder, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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.
Visit Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City Historic District for their historical value. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and catch a live event at U.S. Olympic Training Center.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the stunning scenery at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons and then take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Canon City day trip planning website .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Canon City, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Aspen.

Things to do in Canon City

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

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: River Rafting & Tubing (in Buena Vista) and Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, look for gifts at Snowmass Sports, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

Plan my day in Aspen using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Canon City to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Canon City in August, things will get little chillier in Aspen: highs are around 29°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, River Rafting & Tubing, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Long House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, get a new perspective on nature at Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] & Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and then appreciate the history behind Hovenweep National Monument.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cortez visit planner .

Getting from Aspen to Cortez by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Aspen in August, expect Cortez to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 13°C. On the 26th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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