15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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 9th (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Durango Craft Spirits.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Durango online travel route planner .

Washington DC to Durango is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Durango due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in October, you will find days in Durango are little chillier (65°F), and nights are colder (32°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
Durango Craft Spirits ©
Durango Craft Spirits

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 11th (Thu): hike along Farming Terraces, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip app .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, then take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument, and then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fruita driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Fruita in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, Fruita is a bit warmer at night with lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Downtown Grand Junction
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Thermal Spas). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, get great views at Independence Pass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Aspen trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in October, things will get little chillier in Aspen: highs are around 60°F and lows about 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Canon City tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Aspen to Canon City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in October: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 71°F and lows are around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

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Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums
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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder app .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

3
nights
Denver

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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Denver road trip website .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. October in Denver sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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