15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Buena Vista
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Richmond

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.
Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Durango trip planner .

Richmond to Durango is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Richmond to Durango is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Richmond in September, things will get slightly colder in Durango: highs are around 76°F and lows about 44°F. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Independence Pass and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen journey maker .

Traveling by flight from Durango to Aspen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in September: highs in Aspen hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

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

few
hours
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Canon City journey maker website .

Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in September, with highs in Canon City at 83°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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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, don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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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 26th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback and then explore the activities along Bear Lake.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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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, childrens museums, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Union Station, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. September in Denver sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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