15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Boston

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Flatirons. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, explore the different monuments and memorials at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

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Boston to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Flatirons, River Rafting & Tubing, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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 27th (Fri): stroll around Garden of the Gods, then get engrossed in the history at Miramont Castle Museum, and then go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

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Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in September: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 73°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Cooper Corner Gallery). It doesn't end there: get great views at Independence Pass and stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aspen road trip planning app .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 3rd (Thu), stroll through The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area, then explore the stunning scenery at Colorado National Monument, and then appreciate the history behind Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Fruita trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Fruita takes 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in October, with highs in Fruita at 67°F and lows at 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trip

The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©

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 4th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Long House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph Point Hike, and then get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park route builder app .

Getting from Fruita to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fruita in October since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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 6th (Sun), trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park holiday maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In October in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 39°F at night. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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
Photography Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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