28 days in Colorado Itinerary

28 days in Colorado Itinerary

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28 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Brussels

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.
On the 1st (Wed), walk around Crown Hill Park. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver travel planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Denver is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Denver due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Denver, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Crown Hill Park
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Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get interesting insight from Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, stop by Downtown Estes Park, look for gifts at Bear Necessities & Cubs, then take in the exciting artwork at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Spas

2
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 6th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Million Dollar Highway and then explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Durango by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Estes Park in July, with highs in Durango at 35°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
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Zipline
Off-Road Tours
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest

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.
Aspen is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, adventure, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Aspen tour itinerary website .

You can fly from Durango to Aspen in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Durango in July, expect Aspen to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Sat), see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, stroll around Buena Vista River Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum and then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista journey site .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

South Park City Museum
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River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline
Off-Road Tours

4
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.
When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek, approximately Cripple Creek away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take in the dramatic scenery at The Broadmoor Seven Falls, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online vacation planner .

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Four Corners Monument (in Teec Nos Pos), Hovenweep National Monument (in Cortez) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and make a trip to Park Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Four Corners Monument, The Anasazi Heritage Center, Hovenweep National Monument
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Bear Creek Falls, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then trek along Yankee Boy Basin, and finally contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine. On your second day here, hike along Perimeter Trail, then go deep underground at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, then trek along Cascade Falls Park, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ouray online trip maker .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July: highs in Ouray hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, Bear Creek Falls
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Off-Road Tours
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

3
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.
Glenwood Springs is known for spas, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test the waters at a local thermal spa, get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs day trip app .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ouray in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
You've now added Emerald Lake Trail to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): cruise along Old Fall River Road, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and finally hike along Cub Lake Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park day trip website .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for much hotter days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 38°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Main Street
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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