17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Gunnison
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Glenwood Springs (about 56 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Independence Pass, look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

Plan trip to Aspen with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Amsterdam, Holland to Aspen is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Aspen. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista road trip planning site .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gunnison.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

2
nights
Gunnison

Gunnison ©
The City of Gunnison is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stroll through Crested Butte Mountain Resort, then pause for some serene contemplation at Union Congregational Church, and then take a memorable drive along Kebler Pass. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Curecanti National Recreation Area and then take in the waterfront activity at Blue Mesa Fishing.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gunnison trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Gunnison in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Gunnison are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Gunnison

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Crested Butte
Highlights from your plan
Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Curecanti National Recreation Area ©

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.
On the 10th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then get a taste of life in the country at Majestic Dude Ranch, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and finally hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning website .

Drive from Gunnison to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. In July, Mesa Verde National Park is somewhat warmer than Gunnison - with highs of 38°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Majestic Dude Ranch, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): walk around Garden of the Gods, explore the historical opulence of Miramont Castle Museum, and then go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then take a stroll through Old Colorado City.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

4
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.
Attractions like Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Visit Denver Union Station and 16th Street Mall for their historical value. Step out of Denver to go to Idaho Springs and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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