15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Aspen
— 2 nights
2
Ouray
— 1 night
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
4
Estes Park
— 3 nights
5
Denver
— 3 nights
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Thermal Spas about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, get the lay of the land with Aspen Walking Tours, take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip planning tool.

Orlando to Aspen is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Orlando in September, you will find days in Aspen are little chillier (°F), and nights are much colder (°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

1
night
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, see Off-Road Tours, thenadmire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray holiday builder.

Getting from Aspen to Ouray by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Off-Road Tours
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, thendelve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Ruins Road, explore the ancient world of Long House, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park travel planning app.

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Rocky Mountain National Park (Forest Canyon Overlook, Trail Ridge Road, &more). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planner.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Estes Park Guided Tours ©
Estes Park Guided Tours

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.
Step out of Denver with an excursion to Summit Lake Park in Idaho Springs--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and appreciate the history behind The Colorado Freedom Memorial.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Denver can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

The Colorado Freedom Memorial, Crown Hill Park, Summit Lake Park
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience ©
Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Canon City (Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel planner.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Canon City
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours ©
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours

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