17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip builder

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pueblo
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans and then explore and take pictures at Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip maker website.

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Denver. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Museums · Adventure · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 3 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

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Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. July in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Aspen is known for nature, adventure, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, get outside with Outdoor Activities, deepen your understanding at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect Aspen to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Grand Junction

— 2 nights
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa and then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards. On the next day, stroll through Colorado National Monument, learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, and then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grand Junction trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Grand Junction takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect Grand Junction to be a bit warmer, temps between 93°F and 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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 25th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner.

Drive from Grand Junction to Durango in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Grand Junction in July: high temperatures in Durango hover around 86°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Pueblo.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Pueblo

— 2 nights
Pueblo is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Pueblo County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Rosemount Museum and then brush up on your military savvy at Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Bishop Castle, take an in-depth tour of Pueblo Heritage Museum, and then head outdoors with Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pueblo route planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Pueblo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Durango in July, things will get a bit warmer in Pueblo: highs are around 93°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pueblo

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip builder site.

You can drive from Pueblo to Colorado Springs in an hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Pueblo in July: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 58°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.