15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: York
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Rifle
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 3 nights
+4
train + foot + Fly + subway + train:  14​h 30​min
End: York


1
day
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Tue), admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, and then get lost in a book at Rifle Branch Library.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rifle vacation planner .

York, UK to Rifle is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from York to Rifle, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from York in June, you will find days in Rifle are much hotter (37°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Rifle

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Rifle Branch Library ©
Rifle Branch Library

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then cruise along Independence Pass.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip maker website .

You can drive from Rifle to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Rifle in June, expect Aspen to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
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 14th (Fri), get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista itinerary planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Garden of the Gods. Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip website .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak

2
nights
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 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

The Beach at Grand Lake, Spas & Wellness
Highlights from your plan
The Beach at Grand Lake ©
The Beach at Grand Lake
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Union Station and History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Evans. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Coors Brewery, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Denver trip site .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Coors Brewery, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing
Union Station ©
Union Station

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