15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Denver
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Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park & River Rafting & Tubing). There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, don't miss a visit to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder website.

Detroit to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Detroit in June, Colorado Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista tour planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, Buena Vista is a bit cooler than Colorado Springs - with highs of 79°F and lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas & River Rafting & Tubing). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, stroll through Lost Man Trail, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and get great views at Independence Pass.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aspen online journey planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 2 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, stop by Brownfield's, and then sample the fine beverages at Spirit Hound Distillery.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Estes Park: highs are around 87°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Durango

— 2 nights
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 14th (Tue): cruise along Million Dollar Highway and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Durango tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Estes Park to Durango in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in June, Durango is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Denver.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens and then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 55°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.