31 days in Colorado Itinerary

31 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary maker
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Denver
— 4 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Aspen
— 4 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Breckenridge
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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Denver — 4 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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City), Flatirons (in Boulder) and Guanella Pass (in Georgetown). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Denver driving holiday planner.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in October since evenings lows in Denver dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Estes Park.
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Estes Park — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Veteran's Plaza of Northern Colorado (in Fort Collins) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Old Fall River Road, Trail Ridge Road, &more). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, look for gifts at Brownfield's, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Aspen.
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Aspen — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, explore and take pictures at Independence Pass, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Estes Park in October, with highs in Aspen at 60°F and lows at 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.
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Buena Vista — 2 nights

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, see Off-Road Tours, then shop like a local with Sundance and Friends, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, hike along Mineral Belt Trail, and then cruise along Cottonwood Pass.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip maker.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge — 3 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Breckenridge: Vail (Vail Recreation Path & Betty Ford Alpine Gardens), Mount Elbert (in Leadville) and Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown). The adventure continues: cruise along Boreas Pass Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wellington Trail, take in the pleasant sights at Fairy Forest, and don't miss a visit to Main Street.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Breckenridge by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Buena Vista in October, expect nights in Breckenridge to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are slightly colder, around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Ouray.
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride) and Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, don't miss a visit to Yankee Girl Mine, and take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray online visit planner.

You can fly from Breckenridge to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Durango.
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Durango — 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Piedra River Trail (in Pagosa Springs). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest, and take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango visit planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in October, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (65°F), and nights are a bit cooler (32°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then don't miss a visit to Park Point, then cruise along Ruins Road, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. November in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Royal Gorge Bridge and Park). Pack the 5th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

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Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In November, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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