7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
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Estes Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
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Vail
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Aspen
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Durango
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Denver

Denver ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner.

Joplin to Denver is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Joplin to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Joplin in August, Denver is slightly colder at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see Off-Road Tours, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Estes Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Estes Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Wildlife
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Off-Road Tours
Estes Park Guided Tours ©
Estes Park Guided Tours
Spas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally explore the activities along Bear Lake.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary maker website.

Rocky Mountain National Park is just a short distance from Estes Park. August in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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Vail

Vail ©

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take a pleasant ride with Sage Outdoor Adventures, then get interesting insight from Zip Adventures of Vail, and then stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vail trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Zip Adventures of Vail ©
Zip Adventures of Vail
Sage Outdoor Adventures ©
Sage Outdoor Adventures
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

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Aspen

Aspen ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then relax and float downstream with Elk Mountain Expeditions.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner.

Drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Adventure · Tours
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Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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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.
On the 9th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours and then get a taste of the local shopping with Scenic Aperture Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Durango trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Durango takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Museums
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Off-Road Tours
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

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