15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Kansas City

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Avery Brewing Company (in Boulder) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, and see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Denver online trip builder .

Kansas City to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kansas City to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kansas City in May: high temperatures in Denver hover around 66°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Avery Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
On the 18th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Many Parks Curve Overlook, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, then view the masterpieces at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, and finally see Off-Road Tours. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park journey planner .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip builder .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, stroll around McPhelemy Park, then see Off-Road Tours, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, expect Buena Vista to be a bit cooler, temps between 62°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

3
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.
Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Hanging Lake Trail, & more) and Carbondale Branch Library (in Carbondale). It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen travel route planner .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Carbondale Branch Library
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 28th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Durango day trip planning website .

Fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Aspen in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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