11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 1 night
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
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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.
On the 8th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church. On your second day here, go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine, then experience the excitement of Carousel of Happiness, and then shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver online road trip planner.

Cincinnati to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cincinnati to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Denver sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 3 nights
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 10th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Old Fall River Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then trek along Cub Lake Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and finally explore the activities along Sky Pond.

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

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Aspen

— 1 night

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.
On the 13th (Tue), appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally trek along Lost Man Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aspen day trip website.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Aspen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 14th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park visit app.

You can drive from Aspen to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature · Parks
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve: highs are around 83°F and lows about 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then gain insight at United States Air Force Academy. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, then take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary site.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Denver

Mile-High City

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans and then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.