25 days in Colorado Itinerary

25 days in Colorado Itinerary

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25 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Golden
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
9
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Tampa

2
nights
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 8th (Sat): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner .

Tampa to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Tampa to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aspen itinerary site .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Aspen by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Aspen, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs sightseeing planner.

Getting from Aspen to Glenwood Springs by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery

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.
On the 13th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally stroll through Emerald Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, and then get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker website .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for warmer days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 87°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

3
nights
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.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, view the masterpieces at Bear Necessities & Cubs, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, look for gifts at Brownfield's, then shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary site .

Estes Park is just a short distance from Rocky Mountain National Park. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Spas
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of 1883 Water Works and then sample the tasty concoctions at Odell Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then walk around Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fort Collins trip app .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Golden.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company

2
nights
Golden

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
You've now added Coors Brewery to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Coors Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dinosaur Ridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Golden trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Golden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Golden sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. You will leave for home on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Golden

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dinosaur Ridge, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum ©

2
nights
Denver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): listen to music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to 16th Street Mall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner.

Denver is very close to Golden. In June in Denver, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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.
On the 14th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs holiday planning website .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
You've now added Red Canyon Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Canyon Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of The Abbey Events Complex, identify plant and animal life at Mission: Wolf, and then admire the landmark architecture of Bishop Castle.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Golden to Canon City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Golden in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Canon City, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Mission: Wolf, Bishop Castle
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mission: Wolf ©
Mission: Wolf
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle

3
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Treasure Falls. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip tool .

Drive from Canon City to Pagosa Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Canon City in June, with highs in Pagosa Springs at 80°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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