35 days in Colorado Itinerary

35 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 7 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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Cañon City
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 3 nights
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Aspen
— 7 nights
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Rifle
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Estes Park

— 2 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.
Do your shopping at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Earthwood Artisans. Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Bierstadt Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake) and Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park online vacation planner.

Dayton to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dayton in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Estes Park, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Beaches

Side Trips

Denver

— 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Get outdoors at Guanella Pass and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Southlands (in Aurora), Boulder (Pearl Street Mall, Boulder County Farmers Market, &more) and Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall, buy something for everyone on your list at Outlets at Castle Rock, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and look for gifts at Belmar.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip website.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of World War II Aviation and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Colorado City and McAllister House. Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

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Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Cañon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cañon City

— 2 nights

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, take in the natural beauty of Dakota Hot Springs, and then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

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Drive from Colorado Springs to Cañon City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Cañon City, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 3 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like South Park City Museum and Temple Israel. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Quandary Peak. Step out of Buena Vista with an excursion to Hoosier Pass in Breckenridge--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company, experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and explore the stunning scenery at Browns Canyon National Monument.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista itinerary planning app.

Drive from Cañon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cañon City in September, expect Buena Vista to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Aspen

— 7 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.
Popular historic sites such as Redstone Castle Tours and Ashcroft Ghost Town are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery, Thermal Spas, &more). On the 3rd (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, look for gifts at Snowmass Sports, hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, and stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Aspen online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Rifle.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rifle

— 1 night
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Rifle Gap State Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and then browse the collection at Rifle Branch Library.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Rifle road trip website.

Drive from Aspen to Rifle in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in October, with highs in Rifle at 66°F and lows at 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Rifle

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Visit Cliff Palace and Long House for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Anasazi Heritage Center and Spruce Tree House. Explore Mesa Verde National Park's surroundings by going to Hovenweep National Monument (in Cortez) and Artisans of Mancos (in Mancos). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Balcony House, don't miss a visit to Step House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Farming Terraces, and take a memorable drive along Ruins Road.

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Drive from Rifle to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.
Do your shopping at Toh-Atin Gallery and Earthen Vessel Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Million Dollar Highway and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Durango Hot Springs, hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Durango itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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.