15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fruita
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Denver

1
night
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 1st (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker app .

Fruita to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. When traveling from Fruita in September, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 59°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Theme Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Thermal Spas

2
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.
Colorado National Monument has been added to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Colorado National Monument. On your second day here, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Aspen itinerary planner .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Aspen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 5th (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

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 6th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then gain insight at United States Air Force Academy. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and then look for gifts at Focus on the Family Bookstore.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in September, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then stop by Brownfield's.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Brownfield's ©
Brownfield's

3
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: trek along Booth Falls Trail, have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Recreation Path.

Discover how to plan a Vail trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, plan for much colder days in Vail, with highs around 58°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Vail Valley Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

3
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Room Escape Games will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Guanella Pass in Georgetown (about 52 minutes away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Main Street, admire all the interesting features of Fairy Forest, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and cruise along Boreas Pass Road.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Vail to Breckenridge in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in September, and nighttime lows around 43°F. On the 15th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Scenic Drive Adventure

Side Trips

Guanella Pass, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Room Escape Games
Epic Discovery at Breck ©
Epic Discovery at Breck

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