60 days in Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday maker

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Colorado Springs
— 8 nights
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Buena Vista
— 5 nights
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Aspen
— 8 nights
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Fruita
— 4 nights
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Ouray
— 6 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
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Estes Park
— 8 nights
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Fort Collins
— 8 nights
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Denver
— 8 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 8 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of World War II Aviation and Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Horsethief Falls (in Divide), Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and The Abbey Events Complex (in Cañon City). There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, admire the landmark architecture of Bishop Castle, and engage your brain at Western Museum of Mining and Industry.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip website.

Amarillo to Colorado Springs is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amarillo to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amarillo in August, things will get little chillier in Colorado Springs: highs are around 83°F and lows about 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 5 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate South Park City Museum and Temple Israel. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and Sundance and Friends. Get out of town with these interesting Buena Vista side-trips: Wilkerson Pass (in Lake George), Leadville National Fish Hatchery (in Leadville) and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation (in Guffey). There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, cruise along Kebler Pass, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 77°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Aspen

— 8 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and Rio Grande Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (in Carbondale), Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas & Hanging Lake Trail) and Union Congregational Church (in Crested Butte). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Independence Pass, explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and take in the exciting artwork at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Aspen sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Fruita

— 4 nights
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Let the collections at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum and Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey capture your imagination. Visiting Colorado National Monument and McInnis Canyons Conservation Area will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, trek along Mary's Loop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Devils Canyon Hiking Trails, and walk around Black Ridge Wilderness Study Area.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fruita trip site.

Drive from Aspen to Fruita in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in September; daily highs in Fruita reach 81°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Ouray

— 6 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Visiting Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Bachelor Loop will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Last Chance Mine and Yankee Girl Mine. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Montrose (Museum of the Mountain West & Ute Indian Museum), San Juan County Historical Society (in Silverton) and Telluride (Bear Creek Falls & Black Bear Pass). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, view the masterpieces at Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo, examine the collection at Creede Underground Mining Museum, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ouray online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Fruita to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in September, things will get a bit cooler in Ouray: highs are around 66°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Petroglyph Point Hike and Mesa Verde National Park. Get some historical perspective at Cliff Palace and Far View Sites. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Long House, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, and steep yourself in history at Balcony House.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Estes Park

— 8 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.
Visiting Trail Ridge Road and The Beach at Grand Lake will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Cache La Poudre Wilderness (in Livermore), Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Hallett Peak (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, see the interesting displays at Pioneer Village Museum, take an in-depth tour of Estes Park Museum, and shop like a local with The Studio Fine Art and Framing.

You can plan Estes Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Fort Collins

— 8 nights
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and River's Edge Natural Area will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Swetsville Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Collins: Greeley (Greeley History Museum, Colorado Model Railroad Museum, &more), Old Colorado Brewing Company (in Wellington) and Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum (in Hurrich). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, steep yourself in history at 1883 Water Works, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and do a tasting at Hunters Moon Meadery.

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Drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Fort Collins are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Denver

— 8 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.
Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Jeffco Open Space Parks (in Golden), Castle Rock (Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail & Gateway Mesa Open Space Park) and Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing, Argo Mill and Tunnel, &more). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, examine the collection at Mines Museum of Earth Science, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Whiskey Distillery & Cocktail Bar, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Denver itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

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.