32 days in Colorado Itinerary

32 days in Colorado Itinerary

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32 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Madison
+2
Fly + foot + train:  4​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Durango
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Madison

6
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Guanella Pass. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: New Belgium Brewing (in Fort Collins), Flatirons (in Boulder) and Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs). On the 19th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Winter Park Resort. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Denver day trip planner .

Madison to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Denver is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Lookout Mountain, Winter Park Resort, Guanella Pass, Flatirons
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Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

8
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Rocky Mountain National Park side-trips: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In August in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness, The Beach at Grand Lake
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Spas & Wellness
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

5
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Take a break from the city and head to Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Florissant and see Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, make a trip to Olympic Training Center, and admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 1:
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 2nd (Sun), examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): cruise along Skyline Drive and then get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Canon City trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, don't miss a visit to Interlaken Historic District, and then experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Canon City in September, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 73°F and lows about 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Interlaken Historic District
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Interlaken Historic District ©
Interlaken Historic District

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: test the waters at a local thermal spa, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, and get a taste of the local shopping with Cooper Corner Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Buena Vista in September: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Maroon Bells
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Thermal Spas
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take a memorable drive along South Rim Road, then get great views at Warner Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3 hours. In September, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park is a bit warmer than Glenwood Springs - with highs of 79°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Scenic Drive
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4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Million Dollar Highway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Spruce Tree House & Long House). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, stop by Honeyville, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at San Juan National Forest.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango trip planner .

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Durango takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September, plan for little chillier nights in Durango, with lows around 44°F. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Million Dollar Highway
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:
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Long House ©
Long House
River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest

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