56 days in Colorado Itinerary

56 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 8 nights
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 9 nights
3
Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
4
Canon City
— 4 nights
5
Buena Vista
— 4 nights
6
Aspen
— 7 nights
7
Rifle
— 2 nights
8
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 4 nights
9
Durango
— 5 nights
10
Mesa Verde National Park
— 5 nights

8
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 16th Street Mall and Molly Brown House Museum. Get some cultural insight at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Boulder (Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Pearl Street Mall, &more) and Lady Luck Casino (in Black Hawk). There's much more to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, examine the collection at Colorado Model Railroad Museum, catch a live event at Coors Field, and steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Denver tour planner.

London, UK to Denver is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Denver is minus 7 hours. When traveling from London in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Denver: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Boulder, Castle Rock, River Rafting & Tubing, Southlands, Fossil Trace Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

9
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 Horseback Riding Tours. Head to Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Mountain Blown Glassfor some retail therapy. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park's surroundings by going to The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake), Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Loveland (Budweiser Events Center, Chapungu Sculpture Park, &more). There's lots more to do: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, Loveland, The Beach at Grand Lake, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

6
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.
National Museum of World War II Aviation and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Canyon Open Space and Mueller State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek (about 1h 5 min away). Pack the 29th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, and take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (35°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Mueller State Park, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

4
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
You'll explore and learn at Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and Museum of Colorado Prisons. Get a sense of the local culture at Bishop Castle and The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. Change things up with these side-trips from Canon City: Pueblo (Wet Mountains & Pueblo Zoo). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers, and trek along Tunnel Drive.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City vacation planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Pueblo, Bishop Castle
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum ©
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle

4
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Breckenridge Golf Club will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Buena Vista side-trips: South Park City Museum (in Fairplay) and Breckenridge (Quandary Peak & Hoosier Pass). There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company, relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, take in breathtaking views at Browns Canyon National Monument, and take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.

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Drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Canon City in August, with highs in Buena Vista at 29°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Browns Canyon National Monument, South Park City Museum, Elevation Beer Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company

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.
Do your shopping at Snowmass Sports and Cooper Corner Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail. Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Woody Creek Distillery (in Basalt) and Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). On the 13th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Ashcroft Ghost Town, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and stroll through Aspen Snowmass.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Aspen online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Aspen sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rifle.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Village, Woody Creek Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains and then tee off at Lakota Canyon Golf Course. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park and then get lost in a book at Rifle Branch Library.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rifle day trip website.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rifle takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in August, with highs in Rifle at 36°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Rifle

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Lakota Canyon Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Rifle Branch Library ©
Rifle Branch Library

4
nights
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Appreciate the collections at Ouray Alchemist Museum and Museum of the Mountain West. Get in touch with nature at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Yankee Boy Basin. Change things up with these side-trips from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park: Montrose Water Sports Park (in Montrose) and Ouray (Box Canyon Waterfall & Park & Climbing Tours). The adventure continues: cruise along South Rim Road.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rifle to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Ouray, Montrose
Highlights from your plan
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Scenic Aperture Gallery and Earthen Vessel Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and The Springs Resort & Spa. Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Pagosa Springs (Lobo Overlook / Radio Tower, Treasure Falls, &more), Fox Fire Farms Winery (in Ignacio) and Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, stop by Honeyville, take in the dramatic natural features at North Clear Creek Falls, and get a taste of life in the country at James Ranch Grill.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Durango trip simple and quick.

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Durango by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Durango, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs, North Clear Creek Falls, Fox Fire Farms Winery, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Anasazi Heritage Center and Artisans of Mancos. Visit Cliff Palace and Hovenweep National Monument for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mesa Verde National Park: Cortez (Cortez Cultural Center, Sutcliffe Vineyards, &more). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Long House, cruise along Ruins Road, trek along Point Lookout Trail, and contemplate the long history of Balcony House.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park route maker website.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center, Artisans of Mancos
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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