15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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 28th (Thu): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Aspen vacation planner .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Aspen. Traveling from New York City in June, you will find days in Aspen are little chillier (75°F), and nights are cooler (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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 30th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) 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.
On the 1st (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 89°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive 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

2
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum-World War II Aviation, and then see where the action happens at U.S. Olympic Training Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in July, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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.
On the 4th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

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
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.
On the 6th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Union Station, Denver, CO, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then glide through natural beauty at Cherry Creek State Park. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then look for gifts at Dardano's Shoes, and finally see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In July, daytime highs in Denver are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

1
night
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cortez day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Cortez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Cortez when traveling from Denver in July, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Durango.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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.
On the 9th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument and then delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Cortez to Durango takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In July in Durango, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument

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