14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip maker

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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Fairplay
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cañon City
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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 17th (Tue), hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town, and then admire all the interesting features of Independence Pass.

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Charlotte to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Charlotte in September, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista day trip tool.

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fairplay.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Fairplay

— 1 night
Fairplay is the statutory town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Park County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Sat), get outside with Mt democrat alma colorado and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fairplay day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Fairplay takes an hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in September; daily highs in Fairplay reach 63°F and lows reach 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Fairplay

Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Emerald Lake Trail and then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fairplay to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. In September, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit warmer than Fairplay - with highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Colorado City and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Cañon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 27th (Fri), head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cañon City online road trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Cañon City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cañon City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip tool.

You can fly from Cañon City to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Cañon City in September, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
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.