56 days in Colorado Itinerary

56 days in Colorado Itinerary

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56 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Denver
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Rifle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Durango
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Mesa Verde National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h
End: London

8
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum. 16th Street Mall and Molly Brown House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Lady Luck Casino (in Black Hawk) and Boulder (Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Pearl Street Mall, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Colorado Model Railroad Museum, contemplate the long history of Union Station, buy something for everyone on your list at Outlets at Castle Rock, and stop by Belmar.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver trip maker website .

London, UK to Denver is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from London to Denver, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Boulder, Castle Rock, Belmar, Colorado Model Railroad Museum, 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Shop till you drop at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and Earthwood Artisans. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rocky Mountain National Park: The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake), Loveland (Budweiser Events Center, Chapungu Sculpture Park, & more) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, and trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip 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 your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of World War II Aviation and Penrose Heritage Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek) and Mueller State Park (in Divide). Pack the 29th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip tool .

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, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time 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
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

4
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Wet Mountains. Venture out of the city with trips to Bishop Castle (in Rye) and Pueblo Zoo (in Pueblo). There's much more to do: get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers, hike along Tunnel Drive, and examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Canon City trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. In July in Canon City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Adventure

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. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Breckenridge Golf Club. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buena Vista: Breckenridge (Quandary Peak & Hoosier Pass), South Park City Museum (in Fairplay) and Browns Canyon National Monument (in Salida). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company, and get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Canon City in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 29°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Breckenridge, South Park City Museum, Browns Canyon National Monument, 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery, Thermal Spas, & more) and Woody Creek Distillery (in Basalt). On the 13th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Independence Pass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and stroll through Aspen Snowmass.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Aspen vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Aspen are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel 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
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

2
nights
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. On the 16th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains and then play a few rounds at Lakota Canyon Golf Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park, get lost in a book at Rifle Branch Library, and then admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rifle vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rifle takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit 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) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Rifle

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lakota Canyon Golf Course, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ouray Alchemist Museum and Museum of the Mountain West. Take a break from the city and head to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Montrose Water Sports Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park: Ouray (Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, Yankee Boy Basin, & more). There's more to do: take a memorable drive along South Rim Road.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from Rifle to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 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
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

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.
Get some cultural insight at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and Fox Fire Farms Winery. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Million Dollar Highway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: North Clear Creek Falls (in Creede) and Pagosa Springs (Lobo Overlook / Radio Tower, Treasure Falls, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Honeyville, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and admire all the interesting features of James Ranch.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Durango online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Durango takes 3 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in August, Durango is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs, North Clear Creek Falls, Million Dollar Highway, Fox Fire Farms Winery
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.
Visit Long House and Hovenweep National Monument for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Farming Terraces and Point Lookout Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mesa Verde National Park: Cortez (Cortez Cultural Center, Sutcliffe Vineyards, & more), The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores) and Artisans of Mancos (in Mancos). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and cruise along Ruins Road.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

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. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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