7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Coors Brewery and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, then get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary planning site .

Minneapolis to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Denver is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Coors Brewery, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planner .

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Buena Vista River Park and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista day trip planning site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista River Park ©
Buena Vista River Park

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Canon City reach 90°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, and then explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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