17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Peoria
Drive:  14​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  16​h 45​min
End: Peoria

8
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.
When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center, and find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel route tool .

Peoria to Colorado Springs is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Peoria in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): pick up some local products at The Source, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and finally take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Denver journey builder website .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Denver are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. July in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City day trip website .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Canon City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. July in Canon City sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Buena Vista journey builder .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Canon City in July, expect Buena Vista to be little chillier, temps between 80°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and then take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass.

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Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Aspen are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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