14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
La Junta
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 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
La Junta

La Junta ©
La Junta is the city that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Otero County, Colorado, United States. To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Junta trip planning app .

New York City to La Junta is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to La Junta. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in La Junta: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in La Junta

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Otero Museum ©
Otero Museum
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site ©

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Canon City trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from La Junta to Canon City takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Canon City are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 22nd (Wed), head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista sightseeing planner.

Drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Canon City in May: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 62°F and lows are around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in May: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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.
Visiting Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak will get you outdoors. Visit Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site for their historical value. When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see Old Homestead House Museum in Cripple Creek, approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District, step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see maps and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Old Homestead House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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 28th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then steep yourself in history at Holzwarth Historic Site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, explore the striking landscape of Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park route maker .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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.
Visit Union Station and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Dinosaur Ridge. Go for a jaunt from Denver to Golden to see Mother Cabrini Shrine about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. May in Denver sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Golden, Dinosaur Ridge, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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