33 days in Colorado Itinerary

33 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

33 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Fort Collins
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Zurich

3
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.
Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Cripple Creek and see Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Pack the 1st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs online day trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Colorado Springs is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Zurich, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 2nd (Tue), learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden Park Fossil Area, and then cruise along Skyline Drive. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Tunnel Drive, and then examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip site .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buena Vista: Pike National Forest (in Fairplay) and Alma (Montgomery Reservoir & Mt democrat alma colorado). There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at McPhelemy Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner .

You can drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, expect Buena Vista to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Alma, Pike National Forest
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Montgomery Reservoir ©
Montgomery Reservoir
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

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 out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Hanging Lake Trail, & more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Aspen tour planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: Ouray (Yankee Boy Basin, Ouray Alchemist Museum, & more) and Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, admire all the interesting features of James Ranch, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Find out how to plan Durango trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In July in Durango, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ouray, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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.
Step out of Mesa Verde National Park with an excursion to The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Long House, stroll through Point Lookout Trail, make a trip to Park Point, and steep yourself in history at Balcony House.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip builder tool .

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Forest Canyon Overlook, & more). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the activities along Lily Lake, take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, and hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park travel route builder .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

4
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Collins: Abbey of St. Walburga (in Virginia Dale) and Loveland (Lucky Three Ranch & North Lake Park). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, go all around town with City Tours, explore the galleries of Benson Park Sculpture Garden, and explore the activities along Cache La Poudre River.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Fort Collins online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Loveland, Abbey of St. Walburga
Highlights from your plan
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River

4
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.
Step out of Denver to go to Idaho Springs and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Fort Collins to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

Similar Plans

32 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 50 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 46 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM PERU January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans