35 days in Colorado Itinerary

35 days in Colorado Itinerary

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35 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Fort Collins
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Denver
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Vail
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Durango
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Tampa

4
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 Estes Park's surroundings by going to Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake & Trail Ridge Road). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park road trip planner.

Tampa to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tampa to Estes Park. Expect colder evenings in Estes Park when traveling from Tampa in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Abbey of St. Walburga (in Virginia Dale) and Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Vern's Toffee House, take in nature's colorful creations at Annual Flower Trial Garden, and take in the exciting artwork at Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Collins trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. In June in Fort Collins, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Loveland, Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Abbey of St. Walburga
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
New Belgium Brewing ©
New Belgium Brewing

5
nights
Denver

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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and Flatirons (in Boulder). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Denver online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Fort Collins to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Hidee Gold Mine, River Rafting & Tubing, Flatirons
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

5
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Canon City (Skyline Drive & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center.

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

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. June in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Canon City, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Buena Vista is known for adventure, nature, parks, breweries & distilleries, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, explore and take pictures at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in June, with highs in Buena Vista at 79°F and lows at 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Loveland Pass (in Keystone), River Rafting & Tubing (in Frisco) and Breckenridge (Main Street, Wellington Trail, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room, cruise along Guanella Pass, and grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vail trip planning app .

Getting from Buena Vista to Vail by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, you will find days in Vail are slightly colder (60°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Loveland Pass, Guanella Pass, Vail Valley Escape Room, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas & Hanging Lake Trail). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen online route builder .

Traveling by car from Vail to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vail in July, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Mesa Verde National Park (Spruce Tree House, Balcony House, & more). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, and fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Durango tour itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. July in Durango sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
River Rafting & Tubing
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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