13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Virginia Dale
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h
5
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
End: Denver

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Denver online sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Denver. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stanley Hotel Tour as well as Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park. On the 1st (Mon), explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then take in the pleasant sights at Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Stanley Hotel Tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive Nightlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Stanley Hotel Tour ©
Stanley Hotel Tour

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nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 2nd (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Milner Pass, then admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally explore the activities along Sprague Lake.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park online travel route planner.

Rocky Mountain National Park is very close to Estes Park. July in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Virginia Dale.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

2
nights
Virginia Dale

Virginia Dale ©
Virginia Dale is a tiny unincorporated community located in northwestern Larimer County, Colorado, United States. To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Virginia Dale trip builder.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Virginia Dale takes 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, with highs in Virginia Dale at 82°F and lows at 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Durango.

Things to do in Virginia Dale

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Red Feather Lakes, Ames Monument, Laramie River Dude Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Shambhala Mountain Center ©
Shambhala Mountain Center
Laramie River Dude Ranch ©
Laramie River Dude Ranch
Abbey of St. Walburga ©
Abbey of St. Walburga

3
nights
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 7th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Durango attractions site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Virginia Dale to Durango. In July in Durango, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 54°F at night. You will leave for Colorado Springs on the 9th (Tue).

Things to do in Durango

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

3
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.
On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then look for gifts at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs itinerary planner.

You can fly from Durango to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Commonwheel Artists Co-op ©
Commonwheel Artists Co-op

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