14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Durango travel route planner.

New York City to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in October, expect nights in Durango to be cooler, around 32°F, while days are little chillier, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Durango Craft Spirits ©
Durango Craft Spirits

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument, and then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fruita itinerary builder site .

Getting from Durango to Fruita by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Durango in October, Fruita is a bit warmer at night with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Fruita

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Downtown Grand Junction
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction

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.
Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read our Aspen route planning site .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. In October, Aspen is slightly colder than Fruita - with highs of 60°F and lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Canon City online trip builder .

You can drive from Aspen to Canon City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in October; daily highs in Canon City reach 71°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

2
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.
On the 16th (Tue), examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, go for a walk through Pikes Peak, and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip planner.

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Canon City in October, with lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
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

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Find out how to plan Rocky Mountain National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, and get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. October in Denver sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Boulder
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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