15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Philadelphia

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with The Studio Fine Art and Framing. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, stop by Brownfield's, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online trip planner .

Philadelphia to Estes Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Estes Park, with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Photography Tours

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.
Go for a jaunt from Denver to Idaho Springs to see River Rafting & Tubing about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip maker website .

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and trek along Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with Sundance and Friends, then stroll around Buena Vista River Park, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg.

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

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in October: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 62°F and lows are around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Sundance and Friends ©
Sundance and Friends

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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip builder .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stop by Honeyville, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Durango tour builder website .

You can fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
James Ranch Market ©
James Ranch Market

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