15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then stop by The Glassblowers of Manitou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

Plan trip to Colorado Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Muscat, Oman to Colorado Springs is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Muscat in October, expect Colorado Springs to be cooler, temps between 22°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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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 5th (Fri): hike along Farming Terraces, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning website.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Durango sightseeing website.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Durango are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Get in touch with nature at Maroon Bells and Gypsum Creek Golf Course. Step out of Glenwood Springs to go to Rifle and see Rifle Gap State Park, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake. Change things up with a short trip to The Beach at Grand Lake in Grand Lake (about 1h 35 min away). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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Denver

Denver ©

Mile-High City

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.
16th Street Mall and Denver Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, look for gifts at Belmar, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Grant-Humphreys Mansion.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Denver are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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