25 days in Colorado Itinerary

25 days in Colorado Itinerary

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25 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  5​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Vail
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Mexico City

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. On the next day, examine the collection at Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum and then admire the striking features of Downtown Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip maker tool .

Mexico City, Mexico to Denver is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in July: highs in Denver hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 18°C. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
Highlights from your plan
National Ballpark Museum ©
National Ballpark Museum

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.
Family-friendly places like Estes Park Ride-A-Kart & Cascade Creek Mini-Golf and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Lily Lake and Sprague Lake. When in Estes Park, make a side trip to see The Beach at Grand Lake in Grand Lake, approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, examine the collection at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Mountain Blown Glass.

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Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Estes Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

7
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Booth Falls Trail and Frisco Historic Park and Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad and Barney Ford Victorian House. Change things up with these side-trips from Vail: Breckenridge (Breckenridge Welcome Center & Room Escape Games), River Rafting & Tubing (in Frisco) and Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Horseback Riding Tours). On the 21st (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Arapahoe Basin. There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, wander the streets of Vail Valley, and stop by Fuzzywigs Candy Shop.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Vail trip maker website .

Drive from Estes Park to Vail in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in July: highs in Vail hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Leadville, Frisco, Glenwood Springs, Dillon Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Get in touch with nature at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and Petroglyph Point Hike. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Anasazi Heritage Center and Cliff Palace. Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum (in Mesa Verde National Park) and Artisans of Mancos (in Mancos). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the galleries of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, get engrossed in the history at Animas Museum, and stop by Honeyville.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Vail to Durango in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Vail in July, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Artisans of Mancos, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

1
night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Canon City trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Durango to Canon City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Durango in July since evenings lows in Canon City dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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 27th (Sat), find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Mueller State Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs itinerary website .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Divide, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park

5
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Step out of the city life by going to St Mary's Glacier and Cherry Creek State Park. Get some cultural insight at Argo Mill and Tunnel and Dinosaur Ridge. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Boulder (Boulder Creek Path & Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery), Roxborough State Park (in Littleton) and Wild Animal Sanctuary (in Keenesburg). Explore Denver further: explore the galleries of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, get a sense of history and politics at United States Mint, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Denver day trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Boulder, Cherry Creek State Park, Dinosaur Ridge, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park

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