31 days in Colorado Itinerary

31 days in Colorado Itinerary

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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
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City), Flatirons (in Boulder) and Guanella Pass (in Georgetown). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, explore the different monuments and memorials at Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip builder tool.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Veteran's Plaza of Northern Colorado (in Fort Collins) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Old Fall River Road, Trail Ridge Road, &more). There's much more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take in the exciting artwork at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, and take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

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Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly 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). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary, and stroll through Castle Creek Road.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner.

Fly from Estes Park to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in September: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 72°F and lows are around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, then see Off-Road Tours, then shop like a local with Sundance and Friends, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, trek along Mineral Belt Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Cottonwood Pass.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista journey planner.

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car 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 Breckenridge's surroundings by going to Vail (Vail Recreation Path & Betty Ford Alpine Gardens), Mount Elbert (in Leadville) and Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Main Street, explore the landscape on two wheels at Wellington Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fairy Forest, and go for a walk through Vail Pass Path.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Buena Vista to Breckenridge in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 little chillier, around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouray: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road) and Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray online tour planner.

Fly from Breckenridge to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Breckenridge in October, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Piedra River Trail (in Pagosa Springs) and Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton). There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest, and don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Durango online route 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, expect nights in Durango to be little chillier, around 32°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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.
On the 16th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Long House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then don't miss a visit to Park Point, then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In October in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Royal Gorge Bridge and Park). Pack the 18th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs vacation maker tool.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In October, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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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