15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
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 9th (Mon): stop by Honeyville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Long House and then see the interesting displays at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango itinerary planner.

New York City to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, expect little chillier with lows of 54°F in Durango. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Durango

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 12th (Thu), do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Canon City travel route builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Durango to Canon City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. Traveling from Durango in July, expect Canon City to be a bit warmer, temps between 94°F and 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Take a break from the city and head to Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Pikes Peak and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Canon City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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, Denver, CO. Shop till you drop at Pearl Street Mall and Tattered Cover Book Store. Take a break from Denver with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver tour planner.

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

3
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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the activities along Bear Lake and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

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