12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Raleigh
Fly:  7 h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Raleigh

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker website.

Raleigh to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Raleigh to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Raleigh in August, things will get little chillier in Colorado Springs: highs are around 83°F and lows about 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

1
night
Canon City

Canon City
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City route planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. You will leave for Aspen on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
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 2nd (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Independence Pass.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Canon City to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Aspen is slightly colder than Canon City - with highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the engaging exhibits at Glenwood Railroad Museum and then boost your wellbeing at Iron Mountain Hot Springs. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Glenwood Springs in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Montrose vacation website.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Montrose in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, things will get a bit warmer in Montrose: highs are around 79°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Montrose

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ute Indian Museum ©
Ute Indian Museum
Montrose Water Sports Park ©
Montrose Water Sports Park

2
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls. On your second day here, see Off-Road Tours, then take a stroll through Town Park, and then head outdoors with Telluride Outside.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Telluride road trip app.

You can drive from Montrose to Telluride in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Montrose in September, expect Telluride to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ouray
Highlights from your plan
Telluride Outside ©
Telluride Outside
Imogene Pass ©
Imogene Pass
Off-Road Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace and then delve into the distant past at Balcony House.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Telluride in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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