15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charleston
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Charleston

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and 16th Street Mall. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Flatirons. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Denver holiday app .

Charleston to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Charleston in September; daily highs in Denver reach 79°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Flatirons, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Estes Park

Neighborhoods Spas Shopping
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Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park

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 16th (Mon): stroll around Buena Vista River Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Buena Vista by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in September: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 73°F and lows are around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Canon City by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Buena Vista in September, things will get a bit warmer in Canon City: highs are around 83°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Long House and Balcony House. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and San Juan National Forest. Change things up with a short trip to Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery and stop by Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Canon City to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Canon City in September; daily highs in Durango reach 77°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle, walk around Garden of the Gods, then look for gifts at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and finally get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online journey maker .

Traveling by flight from Durango to Colorado Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Durango in September, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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