28 days in Colorado Itinerary

28 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Denver
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Laramie, Fly to Brussels

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Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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.
On the 1st (Wed), walk around Crown Hill Park. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver travel planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Denver is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Denver due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Denver, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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 4th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get interesting insight from Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, stop by Downtown Estes Park, look for gifts at Bear Necessities & Cubs, then take in the exciting artwork at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Durango

— 2 nights
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 6th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Million Dollar Highway and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at San Juan National Forest.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Durango online trip maker.

Getting from Estes Park to Durango by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Durango is little chillier than Estes Park - with highs of 35°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trip

Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Aspen is known for nature, scenic drive, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, admire all the interesting features of Independence Pass, see Off-Road Tours, and work some fitness into your day at Aspen Mountain / Ajax.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Aspen road trip planning app.

You can drive from Durango to Aspen in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durango in July, with highs in Aspen at 32°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Sat), see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, stroll around Buena Vista River Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista journey site.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 4 nights
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 Colorado Springs with an excursion to Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in July, with highs in Colorado Springs at 35°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mesa Verde National Park: The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores), Hovenweep National Monument (in Cortez) and Four Corners Monument (in Teec Nos Pos). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Balcony House, contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park, and make a trip to Park Point.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation builder app.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Sun), stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, see Off-Road Tours, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then hike along Yankee Boy Basin, and finally don't miss a visit to Yankee Girl Mine. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, go deep underground at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, and finally see a world frozen in time at Animas Forks.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ouray day trip app.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 3 nights
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.
Glenwood Springs is known for spas, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test the waters at a local thermal spa, get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs day trip app.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ouray in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Emerald Lake Trail. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and finally trek along Cub Lake Trail.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much hotter (38°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.