15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Newark

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To plan Mesa Verde National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in June: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durango.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then look for gifts at Animas Chocolate Company, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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 18th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Buena Vista Heritage Museum, relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Durango to Buena Vista takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 89°F and lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. On the next day, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and finally expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails

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
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), explore and take pictures at Coors Field, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally pick up some local products at The Source. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Denver journey planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the activities along Bear Lake, take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

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

4
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Glenwood Springs side-trips: Aspen (Maroon Bells, The John Denver Sanctuary, & more). Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be slightly colder, around 46°F, while days are cooler, around 66°F. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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