14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Denver

1
night
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 6th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): explore the activities along Bear Lake, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder .

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In September in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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.
Step out of Denver with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip planning site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. September in Denver sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Belmar, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then trek along Pikes Peak. On the next day, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Canon City online travel route planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Canon City, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

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

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 14th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista visit planner .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

2
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.
On the 15th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Aspen journey site .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Aspen are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Durango online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mesa Verde National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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