15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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.
On the 12th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner .

New York City to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Durango, with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

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

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.
On the 14th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Long House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park travel route planner.

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at American Classics Marketplace, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors 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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Buena Vista Heritage Museum, then relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista travel route builder website .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the next day, make a trip to Independence Pass and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip website .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 81°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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.
Go for a jaunt from Denver to Idaho Springs to see River Rafting & Tubing about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and pick up some local products at The Source.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip maker tool .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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