11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route maker

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rye
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver

— 2 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.
You've added MCA Denver, 16th Street Mall, Downtown Aquarium, and other attractions to your itinerary.

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Durham to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Durham in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Estes Park

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Cheesman Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and finally steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park vacation planner.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes South Park City Museum as well as Historic Georgetown. On the 31st (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Nymph Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Dream Lake, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then explore the activities along Sprague Lake, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Historic Georgetown and then see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista route maker website.

You can drive from Estes Park to Buena Vista in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in August, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 77°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Rye.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rye

— 1 night
Rye is a Statutory Town in Pueblo County, Colorado, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Zapata Falls as well as High Dune Trail. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get outside with Great Sand Dunes Oasis, then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail, then admire the sheer force of Zapata Falls, and finally step into the grandiose world of Bishop Castle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rye visit planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Rye in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Buena Vista in September, expect nights in Rye to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rye

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Miramont Castle Museum, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Echo Canyon River Expeditions - Day Trips, and other attractions you added. Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (in Denver) and Dinosaur Ridge (in Morrison). There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City, and delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

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Drive from Rye to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer than Rye - with highs of 79°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

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.