20 days in Colorado Itinerary

20 days in Colorado Itinerary

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20 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores), Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House, Cliff Palace, & more) and Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, and view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Durango trip maker app .

Brisbane, Australia to Durango is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Brisbane to Durango due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in June, expect nights in Durango to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Million Dollar Highway, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
River Rafting & Tubing
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland), Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing & River Rafting & Tubing) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Estes Park trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Durango to Estes Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Durango in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Estes Park, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Fort Collins, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company

3
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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Hidee Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Beer Tastings & Tours

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Canon City). The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs journey planner .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): see a world frozen in time at Winfield, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Harvard, and then walk around McPhelemy Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in June: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 30°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area
Mount Harvard ©
Mount Harvard

4
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.
Aspen is known for nature, adventure, scenic drive, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, hit the slopes at Aspen Highlands, cruise along Independence Pass, and stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Aspen road trip site .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Aspen, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 7°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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