18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  14​h
1
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
+4
Drive + bus + foot + Fly + train:  17​h
End: Brussels

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.
Go for a jaunt from Denver to Idaho Springs to see River Rafting & Tubing about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Coors Field, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, stop by Dardano's Shoes, and contemplate the long history of Union Station, Denver, CO.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Denver travel route builder site .

Brussels, Belgium to Denver is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Denver, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in June: highs in Denver hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

2
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 (Mon), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then see the interesting displays at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Durango vacation planner.

You can fly from Denver to Durango in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Denver in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Durango. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake, Hanging Lake Trail, & more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip builder tool .

Getting from Durango to Aspen by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

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 16th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Buena Vista day trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the stunning scenery at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Canon City trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 37°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

4
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.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, hike along Pikes Peak, make a trip to U.S. Olympic Training Center, and examine the collection at The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
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 21st (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at The Old Fashion Candy Store, then get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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