17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Marseille
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Aspen
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Cortez
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Marseille

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City Historic District. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, appreciate the history behind Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs journey planning app .

Marseille, France to Colorado Springs is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Marseille to Colorado Springs is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Marseille in May; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): cruise along Skyline Drive and then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Canon City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Canon City

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

5
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.
Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum and Temple Israel Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Buena Vista) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, stop by Snowmass Sports, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip planner .

Drive from Canon City to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Canon City in June; daily highs in Aspen reach 28°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Temple Israel, River Rafting & Tubing, Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Temple Israel ©
Temple Israel

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Long House. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cortez online vacation planner .

You can fly from Aspen to Cortez in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Aspen in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cortez, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station, Denver, CO. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Coors Field, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Getting from Cortez to Denver by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cortez in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Denver, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

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

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