18 days in Colorado & Keystone Itinerary

18 days in Colorado & Keystone Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado & Keystone Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Keystone
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: London

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary planning website .

London, UK to Aspen is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, car, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Aspen. Traveling from London in June, expect nights in Aspen to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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 15th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum, then experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip planner.

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. June in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Durango trip planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Durango in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park route planning website .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of World War II Aviation and Commonwheel Artists Co-op. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, stroll through Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, and explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs itinerary app .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing

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 22nd (Sat): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, then take an in-depth tour of Eagle Plume's, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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

2
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.
On the 24th (Mon), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Denver online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): cruise along Iron Mountain Road, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then steep yourself in history at Peter Norbeck Visitors Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally explore and take pictures at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Keystone online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Keystone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Denver in June: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 26°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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