15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + bus + foot + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Milan

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then trek along Manitou Springs Incline.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs holiday app .

Milan, Italy to Colorado Springs is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Colorado Springs is minus 8 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Milan in August since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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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.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Park Point, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House

2
nights
Ouray

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 12th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then stroll through Perimeter Trail, and finally admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

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Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then stop by Gene Taylor Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen day trip site .

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Gene Taylor Sports
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 16th (Thu), stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, then get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then stroll through Steamboat Gondola.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip maker .

Drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Steamboat Springs can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Shop till you drop at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Laura's Fine Candy. Escape the urban bustle at Photography Tours and Old Fall River Road. There's lots more to do: stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in August: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 37°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Photography Tours
Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

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