28 days in Colorado Itinerary

28 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Aspen
— 4 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Estes Park — 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Milner Pass, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, look for gifts at Brownfield's, and hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Estes Park online holiday maker.

Oslo, Norway to Estes Park is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Oslo in August: highs in Estes Park hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Aspen.
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Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

Aspen — 4 nights

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.
Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Glenwood Springs (River Rafting & Tubing, Thermal Spas, &more). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in August, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Buena Vista.
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Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Buena Vista — 2 nights

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the activities along Cottonwood Lake, then stroll around Buena Vista River Park, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): stroll around McPhelemy Park, see a world frozen in time at Winfield, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista road trip website.

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Breckenridge.
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Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Breckenridge — 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Georgetown (Mt. Bierstadt & Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour), Vail Recreation Path (in Vail) and Loveland Pass (in Keystone). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Vail Pass Path, don't miss a visit to Main Street, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and take an in-depth tour of South Park City Museum.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge route planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Breckenridge in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, you will find days in Breckenridge are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.
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Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Steamboat Springs — 2 nights

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs travel route website.

Do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Breckenridge in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.
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Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Colorado Springs — 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Royal Gorge Bridge and Park). There's still lots to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and look for gifts at Christmas in Manitou.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs planner.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Steamboat Springs in August since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Durango.
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Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:

Durango — 3 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House, Cliff Palace, &more). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Durango by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Durango, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Denver.
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Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Denver — 5 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Boulder (Avery Brewing Company & Pearl Street Mall) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, tee off at Fossil Trace Golf Club, and take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Durango to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Denver when traveling from Durango in August, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:

Colorado travel guide

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The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.
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