42 days in Colorado Itinerary

42 days in Colorado Itinerary

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42 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
7
Fort Collins
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Denver
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
10
Fruita
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Vail
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  16​h
End: London

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, River Rafting & Tubing, & more). And it doesn't end there: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, and get lost in a book at Pitkin County Library.

To find out how to plan a trip to Aspen, use our trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Aspen is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from London in June, you will find days in Aspen are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Quandary Peak. Change things up with these side-trips from Buena Vista: Mayflower Gulch (in Leadville), South Park City Museum (in Fairplay) and Hoosier Pass (in Breckenridge). It doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and admire the natural beauty at Buena Vista Boulder Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista visit planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Breckenridge, South Park City Museum, Mayflower Gulch
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Quandary Peak ©
Quandary Peak

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. In June, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 37°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

5
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.
Old Colorado City Historic District and Glen Eyrie Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Garden of the Gods and Manitou Springs Incline. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

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Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in June, you will find days in Colorado Springs are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

2
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), make a trip to Park Point, cruise along Ruins Road, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Farming Terraces, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, Mesa Verde National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and San Juan National Forest will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: Chimney Rock National Monument (in Pagosa Springs) and Fox Fire Farms Winery (in Ignacio). There's lots more to do: enjoy the views from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, engage your brain at Powerhouse Science Center, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durango Craft Spirits, and learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Chimney Rock National Monument, Fox Fire Farms Winery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Fox Fire Farms Winery ©
Fox Fire Farms Winery

1
night
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. On the 28th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing, and then admire the masterpieces at CSU University Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, appreciate the history behind Chapungu Sculpture Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cache La Poudre River.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Collins trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Durango to Fort Collins in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Durango in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Fort Collins. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Chapungu Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Hallett Peak. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park's surroundings by going to Earthwood Artisans (in Estes Park), The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Fort Collins to Rocky Mountain National Park in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, The Beach at Grand Lake, Carousel of Happiness, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo. Popular historic sites such as Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park), Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs) and Fossil Trace Golf Club (in Golden). There's lots more to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and look for gifts at Belmar.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Fossil Trace Golf Club, Belmar, Winter Park Resort
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

3
nights
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, then take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument, and finally appreciate the history behind Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): trek along Double Arch, hike along Double Arch, and then explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fruita travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Denver to Fruita. Traveling from Denver in July, you will find days in Fruita are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Palisade, Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback and then grab your bike and head to Vail Mountain Resort.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Vail vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Fruita to Vail by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Fruita in July, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Vail: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Breckenridge Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Breckenridge Golf Club ©
Breckenridge Golf Club
Vail Interfaith Chapel ©
Vail Interfaith Chapel
Vail Nordic Center ©
Vail Nordic Center

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