15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Fly + Train + Bus + Train:  16​h 15​min
End: Manchester

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like 16th Street Mall and Union Station. Do your shopping at Pearl Street Mall and Boulder County Farmers Market. Step out of Denver to go to Castle Rock and see Outlets at Castle Rock, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, look for gifts at Belmar, stroll through Denver Zoo, and browse the different shops at Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver online tour itinerary planner .

Manchester, UK to Denver is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Denver, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in August, with highs in Denver at 34°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Boulder, Outlets at Castle Rock, Belmar
Highlights from your plan
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, stop by Earthwood Artisans, then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Estes Park route planner .

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Estes Park are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Colorado City Historic District and National Museum of World War II Aviation. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, go for a walk through Pikes Peak, and examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. While traveling from Estes Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. August in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then stop by Honeyville, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Durango are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista driving holiday site .

You can drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Durango in August, you will find days in Buena Vista are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Elevation Beer Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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