12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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1
Grand Junction
— 1 night
2
Durango
— 1 night
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
5
Denver
— 1 night
6
Estes Park
— 1 night
7
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
8
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
9
Aspen
— 1 night

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): look for gifts at Enstrom's, stop by Downtown Grand Junction, and then examine the collection at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to The Blue Pig Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Grand Junction online trip itinerary builder.

Asheville to Grand Junction is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Asheville to Grand Junction due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Asheville in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Junction, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

The Blue Pig Gallery, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction
Enstrom's ©
Enstrom's

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango and then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Durango travel tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Durango takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Grand Junction in June: high temperatures in Durango hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

2
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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 3rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Long House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): shop like a local with Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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night
Denver

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 6th (Sat), take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in June, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °F in June, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Oxygen Bar. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, thenexamine the collection at Edwin Carter Discovery Center, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Breckenridge route planning app.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Estes Park in June, expect nights in Breckenridge to be slightly colder, around °F, while days are colder, around °F. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Frisco Historic Park and Museum, South Park City Museum
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National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum ©
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs itinerary tool.

Drive from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museum of Northwest Colorado
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Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Cowboys & Indians Jewelry ©
Cowboys & Indians Jewelry

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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 12th (Fri): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then stop by Explore Booksellers.

To find ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planner.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Aspen sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Shopping Parks
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Explore Booksellers ©
Explore Booksellers
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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