21 days in Colorado Itinerary

21 days in Colorado Itinerary

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21 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Indianapolis

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 Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Fountain Creek Nature Center (in Fountain) and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy, identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner .

Indianapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Commonwheel Artists Co-op, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Fountain Creek Nature Center
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): hike along Tunnel Drive, cruise along Skyline Drive, and then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Canon City trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
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River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Massive Golf Course and Mt. Elbert Grill. Get out of town with these interesting Buena Vista side-trips: Leadville (Leadville National Fish Hatchery & Temple Israel). There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at White River National Forest, identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, explore the landscape on two wheels at St. Mary's Glacier Loop, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista trip builder website .

You can drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Traveling from Canon City in September, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Leadville, Colorado, Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
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River Rafting & Tubing
Leadville National Fish Hatchery ©
Leadville National Fish Hatchery
White River National Forest ©
White River National Forest

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.
Get outdoors at Maroon Bells and Rifle Gap State Park. Next up on the itinerary: test the waters at a local thermal spa, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, and appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Maroon Bells, Rifle Gap State Park, Rocky Mountains
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 15th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument and then take in breathtaking views at McInnis Canyons Convervation Area.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fruita road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Fruita takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Fruita: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Hallett Peak. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park's surroundings by going to Grand Lake (The Beach at Grand Lake & Grand Lake Golf Course). There's lots more to do: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, explore the activities along Bear Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Getting from Fruita to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Grand Lake
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Photography Tours and Denver Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Colorado Cherry Company (in Loveland), Spas & Wellness (in Estes Park) and Avery Brewing Company (in Boulder). There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, make a trip to 16th Street Mall, take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, and get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Denver sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Avery Brewing Company, Coors Brewery, Photography Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Cherry Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Photography Tours
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour ©
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour

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