21 days in Colorado Itinerary

21 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

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Denver
— 6 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 3 nights
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Telluride
— 6 nights
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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.
Dinosaur Ridge and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will appeal to history buffs. Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Boulder (Flagstaff Mountain & Boulder Creek Path), Eldorado Canyon State Park (in Eldorado Springs) and Cussler Museum (in Arvada). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain, take in the exciting artwork at American Museum of Western Art, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore and take pictures at Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Denver trip site.

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Philadelphia to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Denver, with lows of 58°F. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. Get outdoors at Helen Hunt Falls and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. And it doesn't end there: stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park, see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, trek along Palmer Park, and explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs road trip planning website.

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 August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve travel planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Painted Wall. Discover out-of-the-way places like South Rim Road and Morrow Point Boat Ride. And it doesn't end there: trek along Rim Rock Trail, take a memorable drive along East Portal Road, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pulpit Rock Overlook.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park road trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Telluride

— 6 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. New Sheridan Hotel and Yankee Girl Mine will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Ouray Alchemist Museum and Telluride Historical Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Telluride: Ridgway (Spas, Ridgway State Park, &more) and Ouray (Imogene Pass, Yankee Boy Basin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Jud Wiebe Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sneffels Highline Trail, wander the streets of Town Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Telluride driving holiday planner.

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Telluride by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in August, expect Telluride to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.