28 days in Colorado Itinerary

28 days in Colorado Itinerary

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28 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Swakopmund
Fly + taxi:  35​h
1
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
9
Winter Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Swakopmund

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, admire the landmark architecture of The Abbey Events Complex, and then take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City journey builder app .

Swakopmund, Namibia to Canon City is an approximately 35-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Swakopmund to Canon City. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Swakopmund in August, with highs in Canon City at 37°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Wed), head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip builder site .

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Canon City in August, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 29°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

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. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and The Springs Resort & Spa. Discover out-of-the-way places like Treasure Falls and Wolf Creek Ski Resort. There's much more to do: hike along Piedra River Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip maker tool .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Pagosa Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
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 outdoors at San Juan National Forest and Purgatory Resort. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Million Dollar Highway and Scenic Aperture Gallery. There's lots more to do: stroll through Animas River Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Durango trip planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Durango are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

3
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. Step out of the city life by going to Yankee Boy Basin and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bear Creek Falls and Perimeter Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Cascade Falls Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsethief Trail, and stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray online travel route planner .

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in August: highs in Ouray hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Rocky Mountains. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and The John Denver Sanctuary. Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Aspen trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in August: highs in Aspen hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

3
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and McCullough Gulch. Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Boreas Pass Road. Step out of Vail to go to Breckenridge and see Wellington Trail, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Booth Falls Trail, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for gifts at Fuzzywigs Candy Shop.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vail sightseeing planner .

Getting from Aspen to Vail by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Trails

Side Trips

Breckenridge, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Take a break from the city and head to Yampa River Botanic Park and Steamboat Gondola. Explore hidden gems such as Yampa River Core Trail and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs attractions planner .

Drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Winter Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

1
night
Winter Park

Winter Park ©
Winter Park is a home rule municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll through Winter Park Resort.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Winter Park online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Winter Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, plan for colder days in Winter Park, with highs around 11°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Winter Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Photography Tours and Alluvial Fan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Emerald Lake Trail and Alberta Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Old Fall River Road, Chasm Falls, & more). There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, walk around Estes Park Visitor Center, and explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Estes Park attractions planner.

Drive from Winter Park to Estes Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Winter Park in August, plan for much hotter days in Estes Park, with highs around 37°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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