30 days in Colorado Itinerary

30 days in Colorado Itinerary

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30 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Aspen
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Rifle
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Durango
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Guanella Pass and River Rafting & Tubing. Let the collections at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Boulder (Dairy Arts Center, Boulder County Farmers Market, & more), Lady Luck Casino (in Black Hawk) and Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at 16th Street Mall, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and look for gifts at Belmar.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Denver online tour itinerary planner .

Indianapolis to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Indianapolis in September since evenings lows in Denver dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Boulder, Idaho Springs, Belmar, The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops, Fossil Trace Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Mountain Blown Glass. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and Earthwood Artisans. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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
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.
Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of World War II Aviation and Penrose Heritage Museum. Pack the 14th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online travel route builder .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Canon City trip maker .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like South Park City Museum and Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: River Rafting & Tubing (in Buena Vista) and Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery, Thermal Spas, & more). There's lots more to do: get great views at Independence Pass, get engrossed in the history at Wheeler/Stallard Museum, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and tee off at Aspen Golf and Tennis Club.

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

Traveling by car from Canon City to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Canon City in September; daily highs in Aspen reach 72°F and lows reach 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel 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
River Rafting & Tubing
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas

1
night
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and then browse the collection at Rifle Branch Library.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rifle trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Aspen to Rifle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in September; daily highs in Rifle reach 80°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Rifle

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
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.
On the 25th (Tue), stroll through Farming Terraces, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, cruise along Ruins Road, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip website .

Traveling by car from Rifle to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 45°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 Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

4
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 in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Million Dollar Highway. Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and Ouray Alchemist Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Durango with an excursion to Yankee Boy Basin in Ouray--about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Honeyville, explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and take in the natural beauty of Trimble Hot Springs.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Durango vacation planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In September in Durango, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

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

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