15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Midland
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Midland

1
night
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 3rd (Mon): hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Midland to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Midland to Rocky Mountain National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Midland in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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 nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs driving holiday website .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Sun), get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, take an in-depth tour of Buena Vista Heritage Museum, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Canon City in September, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 73°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Aspen, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Fruita

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

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fruita online travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Fruita takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in September; daily highs in Fruita reach 81°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

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 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango day trip website .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Durango takes 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Fruita in September since evenings lows in Durango dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

3
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.
Take a break from Denver with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, contemplate the long history of Union Station, and take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver travel route planner .

You can fly from Durango to Denver in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Durango in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 52°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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