17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
Drive + Fly:  28​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  28​h
End: Jacksonville

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.
National Museum of World War II Aviation and Penrose Heritage Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary maker .

Jacksonville to Colorado Springs is an approximately 28-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In June, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler than Jacksonville - with highs of 84°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City online itinerary planner .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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 26th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista visit planning website .

Drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Canon City in June: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 79°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Elevation Beer Company
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River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
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 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Park Point, then cruise along Ruins Road, and then delve into the distant past at Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): trek along Farming Terraces, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Sat), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, and then appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs travel tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are colder, around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas

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 1st (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

4
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.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Union Station are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Colorado Model Railroad Museum and Molly Brown House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: New Belgium Brewing (in Fort Collins) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, and take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

New Belgium Brewing, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Model Railroad Museum
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Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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