15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Huntsville
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
8
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Huntsville

1
night
Durango

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Durango online trip maker .

Huntsville to Durango is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Huntsville to Durango due to the time zone difference. In August, Durango is a bit cooler than Huntsville - with highs of 82°F and lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass and then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Aspen route maker tool .

Getting from Durango to Aspen by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. In August, Aspen is slightly colder than Durango - with highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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 21st (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Buena Vista Boulder Garden.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista road trip site .

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Canon City online route planner .

Getting from Buena Vista to Canon City by combination of bus and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Canon City: highs are around 89°F and lows about 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

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

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Colorado City Historic District as well as Balloon Rides. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally stroll through Pikes Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip maker website .

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Canon City in August: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 83°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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.
You've now added Stanley Hotel Tour to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sat), cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally grab your flashlight and head to Stanley Hotel Tour. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Bear Lake, then explore the activities along Dream Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally pick up some local products at The Source. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Denver planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Square Tower House as well as Cliff Palace. On the 29th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, trek along Farming Terraces, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Four Corners Monument, delve into the distant past at Long House, and then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Denver in August since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Four Corners Monument
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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