14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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.
Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel route planner .

Columbus to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; 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 Columbus in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
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

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Long House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park travel app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Durango.

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

1
night
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 16th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Durango road trip planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

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

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.
Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Thermal Spas about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen holiday tool .

Fly from Durango to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in September: highs in Aspen hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stroll around Riverside Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Buena Vista day trip planning site .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Riverside Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then look for gifts at Brownfield's, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip app .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Buena Vista in September, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 81°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Spas

Side Trip

Estes Park
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Denver road trip planning site .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Idaho Springs
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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