30 days in Colorado Itinerary

30 days in Colorado Itinerary

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30 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
New Castle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Denver
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Auckland

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.
Change things up with a short trip to South Park City Museum in Fairplay (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen driving holiday planner.

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Aspen is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 19 hours traveling from Auckland Central to Aspen. Traveling from Auckland Central in November, expect nights in Aspen to be much colder, around -7°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mesa Verde National Park (Spruce Tree House, Balcony House, & more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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 9th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Colorado National Monument, and then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fruita, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Durango to Fruita by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Durango in November since evenings lows in Fruita dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New Castle.

Things to do in Fruita

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Downtown Grand Junction
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©

2
nights
New Castle

New Castle ©
The Town of New Castle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): trek along Hanging Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains.

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You can drive from Fruita to New Castle in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in New Castle

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rocky Mountain National Park side-trips: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Earthwood Artisans (in Estes Park). There's still lots to do: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, contemplate the waterfront views at Dream Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from New Castle to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from New Castle, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, then stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive, then trek along Tunnel Drive, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Canon City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 0°C in Canon City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

4
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.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

6
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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Guanella Pass (in Georgetown) and Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Union Station, explore and take pictures at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Boulder, Guanella Pass, Belmar
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Beer Tastings & Tours

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