14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Louisville

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then stop by Brownfield's, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park vacation builder website .

Louisville to Estes Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Louisville to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Louisville in May, with highs in Estes Park at 70°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Idaho Springs
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online trip builder .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in May, with highs in Buena Vista at 62°F and lows at 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, explore and take pictures at Independence Pass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen day trip app .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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.
On the 5th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in June: highs in Durango hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
Horseback Riding Tours

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