15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

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Fly
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive to Albuquerque, Fly to Dublin

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Denver

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 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with The Source, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally catch a live event at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Denver day trip planning site.

Dublin, Ireland to Denver is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Dublin to Denver, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in October, expect nights in Denver to be a bit cooler, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Change things up with a short trip to Carousel of Happiness in Nederland (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online journey planner.

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trips

3
nights
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, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

1
night
Canon City

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Discover how to plan a Canon City trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in Canon City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

3
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Aspen

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Aspen day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Canon City in October: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 18°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

1
night
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 22nd (Mon): get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Durango road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Durango takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in Durango sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Shopping

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.