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
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: London

3
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.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and steep yourself in history at Union Station, Denver, CO.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver trip 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 (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from London in August, you will find days in Denver are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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 5th (Sun): stop by Criterium Bicycles, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to U.S. Olympic Training Center and then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs online vacation planner .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

2
nights
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements Inc..

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manitou Springs planner .

Manitou Springs is very close to Colorado Springs. August in Manitou Springs sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Arcade Amusements, Inc ©
Arcade Amusements, Inc
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine ©
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the stunning scenery at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Canon City tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Manitou Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manitou Springs in August: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 38°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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 10th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista itinerary site .

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by combination of car and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Canon City in August, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 29°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, cruise along West Elk Loop Scenic Byway, and explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

West Elk Loop Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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