19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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19 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
+3
Fly + foot + bus + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Stockholm

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rocky Mountain National Park: Ameristar Casino Resort Spa (in Black Hawk) and Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & St Mary's Glacier). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park route planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Stockholm in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
River Rafting & Tubing
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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.
Visiting Garden of the Gods and Helen Hunt Falls will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
The Broadmoor Seven Falls ©
The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, soothe aching muscles at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then stroll through Buena Vista River Park. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at The Bungled Jungle, see a world frozen in time at St. Elmo, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista holiday builder tool .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Colorado Springs - with highs of 31°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

The Bungled Jungle, St. Elmo
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
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 22nd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Long House, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In July, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 38°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West, take a memorable drive along South Rim Road, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. In July in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Next up on the itinerary: test the waters at a local thermal spa, view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be a bit cooler, around 11°C, while days are much colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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