31 days in Colorado Itinerary

31 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Durango
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 4 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 6 nights
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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.
Kids will enjoy Off-Road Tours and San Juan National Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Cliff Palace (in Mesa Verde National Park). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, and make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Durango trip builder site.

Brisbane, Australia to Durango is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Durango, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Brisbane in October: highs in Durango hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Ouray

— 4 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kids will enjoy Off-Road Tours and Bear Creek Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouray: Last Dollar Road (in Ridgway), Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (South Rim Road & Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park) and Telluride Outside (in Telluride). There's still lots to do: hike along Yankee Boy Basin, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray online tour planner.

Drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Kids will enjoy Trail Ridge Road and Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Spirit Hound Distillery (in Lyons) and Bear Lake (in Rocky Mountain National Park). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, and stop by Brownfield's.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner.

You can fly from Ouray to Estes Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in October, expect nights in Estes Park to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Denver

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Mount Evans and Flatirons. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley), Annual Flower Trial Garden (in Fort Collins) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, and learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Denver trip planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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 23rd (Sun): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista online tour builder.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in October; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 19°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Aspen

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail, Thermal Spas, &more). There's still lots to do: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Creek Road.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around -1°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
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.