15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + foot:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
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.
Get outdoors at Maroon Bells and Blue Sky Adventures. Go for a jaunt from Glenwood Springs to Snowmass Village to see Snowmass Sports about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs road trip planning site .

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Snowmass Sports, Maroon Bells
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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 13th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip itinerary app .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in June: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 89°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City Historic District are in your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle.

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Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Canon City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum. Attractions like Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Denver to go to Idaho Springs and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to 16th Street Mall, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and stroll through Downtown Aquarium.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Denver vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

2
nights
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 22nd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Long House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Denver in June: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 47°F. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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