49 days in Colorado Itinerary

49 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado attractions planner

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Denver
— 5 nights
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Fort Collins
— 5 nights
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Estes Park
— 5 nights
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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Grand Junction
— 7 nights
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Gateway
— 7 nights
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Ouray
— 4 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
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Denver

— 5 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: Sunflower Farm (in Longmont), Evergreen Lake (in Evergreen) and Georgetown (Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour & Guanella Pass). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum.

Start your trip to Denver by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in October since evenings lows in Denver dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Deadman Lookout (in Red Feather Lakes) and Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley). There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, hike along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, experience rural life at Bee Family Farm, and stroll around Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Collins road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Denver to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark), Lyons (Lyons Farmette & Spirit Hound Distillery) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake & Trail Ridge Road). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, trot along with a tour on horseback, and stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip app.

You can drive from Fort Collins to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas & Hanging Lake Trail). On the 21st (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, Aspen is a bit cooler than Estes Park - with highs of 60°F and lows of 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Grand Junction

— 7 nights
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Bananas Fun Park has been added to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Junction side-trips: Moab (Arches National Park, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Colorado National Monument, contemplate the long history of Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, get curious at John McConnell Math and Science Center, and do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in October, with highs in Grand Junction at 67°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gateway.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Gateway

— 7 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Gateway: Dolores Canyon (in Cortez) and Arches National Park (Windows, Double Arch, &more).

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Gateway vacation app.

Getting from Grand Junction to Gateway by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Gateway are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Gateway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Ouray

— 4 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Ouray: San Juan County Historical Society (in Silverton), Last Dollar Road (in Ridgway) and Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, hike along Yankee Boy Basin, walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Ouray road trip planner.

Getting from Gateway to Ouray by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Gateway in November, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 27°F, while days are slightly colder, around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Mesa Verde National Park is known for historic sites, trails, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Long House, get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, don't miss a visit to Step House, and contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Ouray in November, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (24°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pueblo (Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum & Pueblo Heritage Museum) and Off-Road Tours (in Buena Vista). There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get a dose of the wild on Colorado Wolf Adventures, contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline, and get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.