15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Colorado Springs
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
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
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Colorado Springs

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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.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs route builder .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colorado Springs. In August in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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

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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.
Take a break from Denver with a short trip 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, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, and savor the flavors at The Source.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver online sightseeing planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. August in Denver sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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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.
On the 27th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. August in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 29th (Wed), learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Canon City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In August in Canon City, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

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 30th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Buena Vista Boulder Garden, then experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online trip builder .

Do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Canon City in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 77°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

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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 31st (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time 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

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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 2nd (Sun): look for gifts at Honeyville, then fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and then relax and rejuvenate at Trimble Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Durango trip planner .

You can fly from Aspen to Durango in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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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 4th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Long House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip builder .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel back 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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