36 days in Colorado Itinerary

36 days in Colorado Itinerary

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36 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Denver
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Canon City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: London

7
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) and Boulder (Pearl Street Mall & Flatirons). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary tool .

London, UK to Denver is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Denver is minus 7 hours. Traveling from London in September, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Boulder, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House & Cliff Palace). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest, and get outside with Duranglers Flies and Supplies.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Durango trip maker website .

Fly from Denver to Durango in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Denver in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Durango, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail, Sioux Villa Curio, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains, sample the tasty concoctions at Aspen Brewing Co, and look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Aspen trip planner.

You can fly from Durango to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Durango in October, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are little chillier, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Buena Vista Whitewater Park and then see a world frozen in time at South Park Historical Foundation.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip site .

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

3
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Canon City is known for adventure, nature, scenic drive, museums, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers, step into the grandiose world of Fort Royal Stables - CLOSED, and take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Canon City trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in October, expect Canon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

7
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.
When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs attractions app .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, 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

4
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rocky Mountain National Park: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and explore the activities along Sprague Lake.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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