15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Grand Lake
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Telluride
— 1 night
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
7
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
9
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): examine the collection at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Forney Museum of Transportation, then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, then get engrossed in the history at History Colorado Center, and finally sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Denver travel itinerary planner .

Washington DC to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Denver. Traveling from Washington DC in May, things will get little chillier in Denver: highs are around 66°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Fri), view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery, then take in the exciting artwork at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Estes Park Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Estes Park holiday maker tool .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

1
night
Grand Lake

Grand Lake
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Lake day trip app .

Getting from Estes Park to Grand Lake by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Estes Park in June, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Grand Lake: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 36°F at night. On the 3rd (Mon), you're off toAspen.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), hit the slopes at Aspen Highlands.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Aspen road trip app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, with highs in Aspen at 79°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Ashcroft Ghost Town ©
Ashcroft Ghost Town

1
night
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. You can plan Montrose trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Montrose takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in June, with highs in Montrose at 89°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Montrose

Museums
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Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Montrose County Historical Museum ©
Montrose County Historical Museum

1
night
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Cornet Creek Falls.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Telluride holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Montrose to Telluride takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Montrose in June, things will get a bit cooler in Telluride: highs are around 72°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alpine Chapel ©
Alpine Chapel
Telluride Historical Museum ©
Telluride Historical Museum
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel

3
nights
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 6th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, hike along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Durango travel route app .

Getting from Telluride to Durango by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Telluride in June, expect nights in Durango to be slightly colder, around 44°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Animas Museum ©
Animas Museum
Duranglers Flies and Supplies ©
Duranglers Flies and Supplies

few
hours
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
On the 9th (Sun), explore the activities along Little Medano Creek and then tour the pleasant surroundings at High Dune Trail.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Durango to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and then hike along Palmer Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum and then identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in June, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center ©

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