30 days in Colorado Itinerary

30 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Denver
— 6 nights
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
3
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
4
Canon City
— 2 nights
5
Aspen
— 7 nights
6
Rifle
— 1 night
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
8
Durango
— 4 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as 16th Street Mall and Denver Union Station are in your itinerary. Head to Denver Botanic Gardens and Boulder County Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Boulder (Dairy Arts Center & Pearl Street Mall), Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & River Rafting & Tubing) and Guanella Pass (in Georgetown). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, tee off at Fossil Trace Golf Club, and buy something for everyone on your list at Southlands.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary builder website.

Indianapolis to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Denver is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Indianapolis in September, with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Boulder, Idaho Springs, The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops, Belmar, Guanella Pass
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Museum-lovers will get to explore Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Mountain Blown Glass. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake) and Bear Lake (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, and appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Estes Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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.
Head to Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Commonwheel Artists Co-opfor some retail therapy. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Pack the 14th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planning site.

Drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then cruise along Skyline Drive. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Canon City travel route app.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

7
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.
South Park City Museum and Ashcroft Ghost Town will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Cooper Corner Gallery and Wheeler/Stallard Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Hanging Lake, &more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Buena Vista). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, tee off at Aspen Golf and Tennis Club, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Canon City in September; daily highs in Aspen reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Rifle.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Sports, South Park City Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

1
night
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Rifle Gap State Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains, and then get lost in a book at Rifle Branch Library.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rifle vacation planner.

Drive from Aspen to Rifle in 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in September: high temperatures in Rifle hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Rifle

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Rifle Branch Library ©
Rifle Branch Library

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 25th (Tue): hike along Farming Terraces, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, thendelve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, thentake a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Rifle to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

4
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 Million Dollar Highway and Yankee Boy Basin. Let the collections at Ouray Alchemist Museum and Earthen Vessel Gallery capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Durango Hot Springs, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango trip maker.

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, daytime highs in Durango are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Ouray, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway

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