18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Boulder
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Boulder
— 4 nights
Drive
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Thornton
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 6 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Stockholm

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Boulder

— 4 nights

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Appreciate the collections at Shelby American Collection and Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chapel on the Rock and BookCliff Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boulder: Rocky Mountain National Park (Calypso Cascades & Ouzel Falls). The adventure continues: trek along Mesa Trail, stroll through Royal Arch, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Avery Brewing Company, and grab your bike and head to Valmont Bike Park.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Boulder road trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Boulder is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Stockholm to Boulder. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in June, with highs in Boulder at 33°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Thornton.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Thornton

— 1 night
The City of Thornton is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado, located in the northeast quadrant of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. On the 1st (Wed), stroll through Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, then play a few rounds at The Greg Mastriona Golf Courses at Hyland Hills, and then grab your bike and head to Big Dry Creek Trail.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Thornton trip planner.

You can drive from Boulder to Thornton in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Thornton can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Thornton

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Wildlife

Side Trips

Denver

— 6 nights

Mile-High City

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Cherry Creek Trail. History Colorado Center and Cussler Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, and explore the world behind art at Clyfford Still Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary builder.

Denver is very close to Thornton. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 5 nights
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.
Penrose Heritage Museum and Rosemount Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Pueblo (Center for American Values & Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center) and Mueller State Park (in Divide). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Seven Bridges Trail, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, take in a show at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and enjoy the sand and surf at Memorial Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.