15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Fruita
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 16th Street Mall and Denver Union Station. Get some cultural insight at Denver Botanic Gardens and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. Change things up with a short trip to Pearl Street Mall in Boulder (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, look for gifts at Penzeys Spices, and sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Denver tour itinerary builder website.

Washington DC to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Denver is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Washington DC in September, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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Estes Park

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 1st (Tue), view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally shop like a local with Eagle Plume Trading Post.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Estes Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Scenic Drive

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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Spas

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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.
On the 3rd (Thu), take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Estes Park in October, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
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Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): hike along McInnis Canyons Conservation Area and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fruita road trip website.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Fruita by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fruita when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, with lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. There's still lots to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa and stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs day trip site.

Traveling by car from Fruita to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Fruita in October, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 47°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 32°F. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, you will find days in Buena Vista are somewhat warmer (62°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Garden of the Gods and then look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 39°F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation

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