11 days in Norfolk & Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Norfolk & Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Norfolk
— 2 nights
2
Denver
— 2 nights
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
4
Palisade
— 2 nights
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
6
Canon City
— 1 night

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Norfolk

Norfolk ©
Norfolk formed around a natural harbor that’s home to the world’s largest naval base, which helped cement the city as a keystone for strategic military planning and government.
We've included these beaches for you: Virginia Beach and Sandbridge Beach. Visiting Cape Charles Beach and Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Norfolk: Virginia Beach (Tarnished Truth Distilling Company & First Landing State Park) and Colonial Williamsburg (in Williamsburg). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chick's Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Norfolk trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Norfolk. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Norfolk

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Virginia Beach, Cape Charles Beach, Colonial Williamsburg
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Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary ©
Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach

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Denver

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 24th (Mon), cast your line with a fishing tour and then buy something for everyone on your list at 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Mini Incline, thenhike along Gateway Mesa Open Space Park, thenexplore by horseback at Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Denver tour builder.

You can fly from Norfolk to Denver in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Norfolk in August since evenings lows in Denver dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Castle Rock, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Fishing Charters & Tours
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 26th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

Find out how to plan Mesa Verde National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Denver in August since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): do a tasting at Grande River Vineyards & Winery, thendo a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, thenlearn about winemaking at Red Fox Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at Canyon Wind Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, thenlearn about winemaking at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, thenlearn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Palisade tour planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Palisade in 5 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Palisade, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries
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Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room
Maison la Belle Vie Winery ©
Maison la Belle Vie Winery

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Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, thenpause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and finally identify plant and animal life at Windstar Land Conservancy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Aspen online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palisade to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Palisade in August, with highs in Aspen at °F and lows at °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Canon City online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Canon City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in August; daily highs in Canon City reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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