14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fairplay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Canon City
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Charlotte

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

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Charlotte to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Charlotte to Aspen, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Charlotte in September, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum ©
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista driving holiday site .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fairplay.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

1
night
Fairplay

Fairplay ©
Fairplay is the statutory town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Park County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): head outdoors with Mt democrat alma colorado and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fairplay holiday builder .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Fairplay in an hour. In September, Fairplay is slightly colder than Buena Vista - with highs of 63°F and lows of 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

Side Trip

Mt democrat alma colorado
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South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake. Keep things going the next day: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip site .

You can drive from Fairplay to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Fairplay in September; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 81°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

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
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.
Popular historic sites such as Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy, steep yourself in history at McAllister House, and go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

1
night
Canon City

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

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City journey website .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Canon City to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Canon City in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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