26 days in Colorado Itinerary

26 days in Colorado Itinerary

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26 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: St. Croix
Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
7
Canon City
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
9
Denver
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: St. Croix

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. Get some cultural insight at Wild Basin Area and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Rocky Mountain National Park: Earthwood Artisans (in Estes Park) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Bear Lake, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, and appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online travel route planner .

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from St. Croix in August, plan for cooler nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Wood's High Mountain Distillery and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 29°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Wood's High Mountain Distillery
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River Rafting & Tubing
Wood's High Mountain Distillery ©
Wood's High Mountain Distillery

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, stop by Snowmass Sports, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Aspen road trip planning app .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Aspen sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Sports
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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 31st (Fri): wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, then take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fruita road trip app .

You can drive from Aspen to Fruita in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in August; daily highs in Fruita reach 37°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): delve into the distant past at Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park planning site .

Getting from Fruita to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in August, plan for little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
nights
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 River Rafting & Tubing and Trimble Hot Springs. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, get outside with Hassle Free Sports, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durango Craft Spirits.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Durango tour site .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In September in Durango, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

1
day
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Make your Canon City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Durango to Canon City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Durango in September; daily highs in Canon City reach 33°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) 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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Take a break from the city and head to Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo. Union Station and St. John's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Flatirons (in Boulder) and Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs). And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, steep yourself in history at History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Denver tour itinerary builder tool .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Lookout Mountain, Flatirons
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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