9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Boulder
— 1 day
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Frisco
— 2 nights
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Boulder — 1 day

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 20th (Wed), get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the stunning scenery at Eldorado Canyon, and then grab your bike and head to Boulder Creek Path.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Boulder holiday app.

Newark to Boulder is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in July, Boulder is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 2 nights

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 21st (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then cruise along Old Fall River Road, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then wander the wide-open spaces of Glacier Creek Stables, then explore the activities along Sky Pond, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park planning tool.

Traveling by car from Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.
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Denver — 1 night

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 23rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, and then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver journey planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. July in Denver sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Durango.
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Durango — 2 nights

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 24th (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Million Dollar Highway, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Durango day trip site.

Getting from Denver to Durango by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Denver in July since evenings lows in Durango dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.
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Buena Vista — 1 night

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. In July, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Durango - with highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Frisco.
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Frisco — 2 nights

The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to Main Street, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of South Park City Museum and then see the interesting displays at Barney Ford Victorian House.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Frisco road trip planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Frisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Frisco, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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