11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary planner

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Denver
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Cañon City
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see where the action happens at Coors Field, then sample the tasty concoctions at Coors Brewery, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver route planner.

Charlotte to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Denver is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Charlotte in July since evenings lows in Denver dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
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 8th (Thu): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. July in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Parks

Glenwood Springs

— 3 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Rocky Mountains will thrill your kids. Take a break from Glenwood Springs with a short trip to Maroon Bells in Aspen, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are colder (23°C), and nights are a bit cooler (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll around Buena Vista River Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista travel route website.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Buena Vista hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Cañon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): cruise along Skyline Drive, then stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cañon City route builder website.

Getting from Buena Vista to Cañon City by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: high temperatures in Cañon City hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Scenic Drive

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Garden of the Gods and North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Cañon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cañon City in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Colorado Springs. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Fun & Games

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.