27 days in Colorado Itinerary

27 days in Colorado Itinerary

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27 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
10
Canon City
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Escape the urban bustle at Garden of the Gods and North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. Pack the 4th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs online trip builder .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Colorado Springs is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in September, Colorado Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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

4
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Evans will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Flatirons (in Boulder). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, contemplate the long history of Union Station, and explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Denver 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. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Winter Park Resort, Flatirons, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Cache La Poudre River, sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Annual Flower Trial Garden, then contemplate the waterfront views at North Lake Park, and then trek along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fort Collins road trip planning website .

Drive from Denver to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

North Lake Park
Highlights from your plan
Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River
River Rafting & Tubing
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

4
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.
Visiting Trail Ridge Road and Hallett Peak will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Rocky Mountain National Park to Nederland to see Carousel of Happiness about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longs Peak.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park travel planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Buena Vista Heritage Museum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery, and finally stroll through McPhelemy Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista route planning tool .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, with highs in Buena Vista at 26°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). On the 19th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Aspen Highlands. The adventure continues: cruise along Independence Pass and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen road trip app .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Aspen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
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 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Ridge Wilderness Study Area, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument, and then do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fruita online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Fruita takes 2.5 hours. In September, Fruita is somewhat warmer than Aspen - with highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Black Ridge Wilderness Study Area ©
Black Ridge Wilderness Study Area
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): head outdoors with Molas Pass, don't miss a visit to Idarado Mine, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray vacation maker website .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Ouray takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in September, expect Ouray to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Silverton, Ridgway State Park
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Molas Pass ©
Molas Pass
Ridgway State Park ©
Ridgway State Park

2
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), hop aboard Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Animas River Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at San Juan National Forest.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Durango travel route planner .

Drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

1
day
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Canon City trip planning tool .

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. In September, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Durango - with highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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