17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5​h
6
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

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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.
On the 1st (Thu), sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour and then grab your bike and head to Cherry Creek State Park.

Before you visit Denver, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Charlotte to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Denver. Traveling from Charlotte in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Cherry Creek State Park
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour ©

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Estes Park Visitor Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park route builder tool .

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery, and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then trek along Grizzly Creek Trail.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in August: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Glenwood Canyon
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Glenwood Canyon ©
Glenwood Canyon

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Drive, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Canon City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and taxi. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Canon City hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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 7th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then trek along Manitou Springs Incline. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Canon City in August: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 83°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stroll through Baby Bath Tubs Trail, then don't miss a visit to Idarado Mine, and then do some two-wheel cruising with Ophir Pass Trail. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge, admire the sheer force of Cornet Creek Falls, stroll through Sneffels Highline Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, and finally make a trip to Yankee Girl Mine.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ouray trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Colorado Springs to Ouray takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, things will get a bit cooler in Ouray: highs are around 70°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Telluride, Idarado Mine
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ophir Pass Trail ©
Ophir Pass Trail
Sneffels Highline Trail ©
Sneffels Highline Trail

3
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 11th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery. On your second day here, have fun at Durango Community Recreation Center, then hike along The Colorado Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in August, you will find days in Durango are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). You'll set off for Pagosa Springs on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
River Rafting & Tubing
Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 14th (Wed), look for gifts at The Choke Cherry Tree, then explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Fourmile Falls Trail and then take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Pagosa Springs vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Durango to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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