17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
2
Canon City
— 1 night
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
7
Denver
— 4 nights

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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 will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City. There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and catch a live event at Olympic Training Center.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online driving holiday planner.

Jacksonville to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jacksonville to Colorado Springs. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Jacksonville in June, with highs in Colorado Springs at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time 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
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Canon City trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

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

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Canon City in June, with highs in Buena Vista at °F and lows at °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

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

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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, thenadmire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, and then delve into the distant past at Long House. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Farming Terraces, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, thensteep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

Plan trip to Mesa Verde National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or fly. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House

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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 test the waters at a local thermal spa. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and then appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are colder (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can 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
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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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): admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road and then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online itinerary builder.

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. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, around °F, while days are much hotter, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can 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

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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.
Let the collections at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum capture your imagination. Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Botanic Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: New Belgium Brewing Company (in Fort Collins) and Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge, and wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

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