22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Seville
Fly + Drive:  19​h 45​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Idaho Springs
— 2 nights
+3
bus + train + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Seville

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trail Ridge Road and Hallett Peak. Change things up with these side-trips from Rocky Mountain National Park: Earthwood Artisans (in Estes Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Fort Collins). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, and get great views at Farview Curve Overlook.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Seville, Spain to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Seville in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

2
nights
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Summit Lake Park.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Idaho Springs trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Idaho Springs in 2.5 hours. In July, Idaho Springs is much colder than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Denver
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River Rafting & Tubing
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then stop by Animas Chocolate Company, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): stop by Honeyville and then take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Durango trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Idaho Springs to Durango takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Idaho Springs in July, expect nights in Durango to be somewhat warmer, around 14°C, while days are warmer, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, and then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fruita trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Durango to Fruita by car takes about 4 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Durango in July: high temperatures in Fruita hover around 39°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Fruita

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Junction
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

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.
Visiting Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Glenwood Springs (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: get great views at Independence Pass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Fruita in July; daily highs in Aspen reach 32°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, take in breathtaking views at Browns Canyon National Monument, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Buena Vista Boulder Garden, get interesting insight from Tours, and then get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista route planning website .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Browns Canyon National Monument
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Browns Canyon National Monument ©
Browns Canyon National Monument
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Canon City itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Canon City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

4
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 Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to Mueller State Park in Divide--about 42 minutes away. Pack the 3rd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Canon City in July, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mueller State Park, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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