31 days in Colorado Itinerary

31 days in Colorado Itinerary

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31 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h
1
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Fruita
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Get outdoors at Buttermilk Mountain and Windstar Land Conservancy. Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (in Carbondale) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). There's still lots to do: stroll through Aspen Snowmass, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and hit the slopes at Aspen Highlands.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Aspen online tour itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Aspen is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Sydney to Aspen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get colder in Aspen: highs are around 13°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Thermal Spas, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

3
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Visiting Vail Mountain Resort and Keystone Ski Area will get you outdoors. Explore Vail's surroundings by going to Breckenridge (Main Street & Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beaver Creek Chapel, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vail trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Aspen in April; daily highs in Vail reach 1°C and lows reach -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Keystone Ski Area ©
Keystone Ski Area
Beaver Creek Chapel ©
Beaver Creek Chapel

5
nights
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.
Visit Denver Union Station and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Winter Park Resort and Mount Evans. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Abbey of St. Walburga (in Virginia Dale), Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown) and Flatirons (in Boulder). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, take a memorable tour with Tours, engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Vail to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vail in April, you will find days in Denver are much hotter (17°C), and nights are a bit warmer (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Abbey of St. Walburga, Winter Park Resort, Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Flatirons
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

4
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Wild Basin Area and Chapel on the Rock will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Hallett Peak and Many Parks Curve Overlook. Change things up with a short trip to Cache La Poudre Wilderness in Livermore (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary website .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Estes Park, Cache La Poudre Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Holy Name Catholic Church and Tread of Pioneers Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Step out of Steamboat Springs to go to Kremmling and see Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Werner, and take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs travel planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in April; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 13°C and lows reach -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 22nd (Wed), ride a horse along The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area, take in breathtaking views at Colorado National Monument, and then appreciate the history behind Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): hike along Mary's Loop, learn about winemaking at Whitewater Hill Vineyards, and then take in breathtaking views at Dominguez Canyon.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fruita attractions planning website .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Fruita by car takes about 3.5 hours. In April, Fruita is a bit warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 20°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Whitewater Hill Vineyards ©
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Hovenweep National Monument and Nordenskiold #16 Trail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cliff Palace and Long House. Change things up with a short trip to Towac Visitor Center in Towaoc (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Balcony House, contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike, and make a trip to Far View Sites.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in April, expect slightly colder with lows of -1°C in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hovenweep National Monument, Towac Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Popular historic sites such as Old Colorado City and Miramont Castle Museum are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain and Fountain Creek Nature Center. Change things up with a short trip to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 18°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Fountain Creek Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

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