15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h
1
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
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.
Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Mesa Verde National Park (Long House, Balcony House, & more). There's more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Durango trip planner .

Dallas to Durango is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Durango. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Dallas in September: highs in Durango hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 24th (Tue), walk around Riverside Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online trip builder .

You can drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Riverside Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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.
When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore and take pictures at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online vacation maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Aspen to Estes Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in September, things will get a bit warmer in Estes Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Spas

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.
Take a break from Denver with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver travel tool .

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing

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 4th (Fri): walk around Garden of the Gods, get a taste of the local shopping with Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Keep things going the next day: deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary website .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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