15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
night
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 18th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Newark in August since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Durango day trip app .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan

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 21st (Tue): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On your second day here, look for gifts at Snowmass Sports and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen tour itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Durango to Aspen in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Durango in August, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Snowmass Sports, Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 24th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Garden of the Gods. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planning website .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, things will get a bit warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 83°F and lows about 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park route planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

2
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.
Popular historic sites such as 16th Street Mall and Union Station are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Molly Brown House Museum. Step out of Denver to go to Boulder and see Pearl Street Mall, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, stop by Tattered Cover Bookstore, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Denver day trip tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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