15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Athens
+2
Fly + foot + train:  17​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Athens

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 10th (Wed): indulge your taste buds at The Source. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver tour itinerary planner.

Athens, Greece to Denver is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Athens to Denver due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in October: highs in Denver hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Union Station ©
Union Station
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rocky Mountain National Park: Estes Park (Earthwood Artisans & Art Center of Estes Park Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, explore the activities along Bear Lake, take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass, and take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Spas & Wellness
Bierstadt Lake ©
Bierstadt Lake
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

3
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.
Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, cruise along Independence Pass, and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

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Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October; daily highs in Aspen reach 18°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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.
On the 19th (Fri), examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In October in Durango, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

#Tours, #Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Farming Terraces, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Get some cultural insight at Old Colorado City Historic District and National Museum of World War II Aviation. When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, go for a walk through Pikes Peak, stop by The Glassblowers of Manitou, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

Side Trips

The Glassblowers of Manitou, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City Historic District ©

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