17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Denver Botanic Gardens and 16th Street Mall. Museum-lovers will appreciate Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Molly Brown House Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and learn about winemaking at Balistreri Vineyards.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver online journey planner .

London, UK to Denver is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. When traveling from London in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Denver, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
nights
Estes Park

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 outdoors at Photography Tours and Pineridge Natural Area. Museum-lovers will appreciate Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to New Belgium Brewing (in Fort Collins) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Estes Park fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Fort Collins
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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.
Visiting Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail will get you outdoors. When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen tour itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Estes Park to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Aspen is a bit cooler than Estes Park - with highs of 18°C and lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Canon City online road trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Canon City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in October, expect Canon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): go for a walk through Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then stroll through Garden of the Gods. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in October, Colorado Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, cruise along Ruins Road, then stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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.
On the 13th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway, and then shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Durango online travel route planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by combination of taxi and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Durango are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
River Rafting & Tubing

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