43 days in Colorado Itinerary

43 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Fort Collins
— 5 nights
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Denver
— 6 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
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Durango
— 4 nights
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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Buena Vista
— 3 nights
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Breckenridge
— 5 nights
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Estes Park — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark), Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake) and Lyons Farmette (in Lyons). The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park vacation website.

London, UK to Estes Park is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 7 hours. When traveling from London in October, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fort Collins.
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Fort Collins — 5 nights

Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Explore Fort Collins' surroundings by going to Greeley (Poudre River Trail & Colorado Model Railroad Museum) and Oskar Blues Brewery Taproom (in Longmont). There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company, contemplate the waterfront views at Cache La Poudre River, experience rural life at The Bartels Farm, and hike along Devil's Backbone Open Space.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fort Collins road trip planning tool.

Drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. October in Fort Collins sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.
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Denver — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall), Sunflower Farm (in Longmont) and Guanella Pass (in Georgetown). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denver road trip planning site.

You can drive from Fort Collins to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Denver are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 6 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.
Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo, about 56 minutes away. Pack the 21st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's still lots to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, get interesting insight from Tours, and cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs driving holiday planner.

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 October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 4 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike, get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, and trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Durango.
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Durango — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Ouray (Ouray Alchemist Museum & Box Canyon Waterfall & Park), Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum (in Ridgway) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Durango trip builder website.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Aspen.
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Aspen — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas & Hanging Lake Trail) and Grand Mesa (in Grand Junction). On the 7th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary, and cruise along Independence Pass.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in November, you will find days in Aspen are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (-7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.
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Buena Vista — 3 nights

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Take a break from Buena Vista with a short trip to National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll around McPhelemy Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip planning tool.

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge — 5 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Breckenridge: Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek), Vail (Vail Mountain Resort & Vail Interfaith Chapel) and Georgetown (Foster's Place Playground & Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Loveland Pass, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, get interesting insight from Silver Flask Fishing, and trek along McCullough Gulch.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Breckenridge takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in November, plan for little chillier days in Breckenridge, with highs around 1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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