16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
2
Denver
— 2 nights
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
4
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
6
Durango
— 3 nights

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Estes Park vacation website.

Washington DC to Estes Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Estes Park. Traveling from Washington DC in August, Estes Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
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 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Argo Mill and Tunnel, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then experience the excitement of Carousel of Happiness. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Denver trip planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Garden of the Gods and Battlefield Colorado. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Sun), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Mt democrat alma colorado and then see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in August, with highs in Buena Vista at 77°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Mt democrat alma colorado
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

3
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake & Hanging Lake Trail). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Independence Pass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Aspen, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

3
nights
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 14th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Durango travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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