15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Denver
— 2 nights
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
5
Fruita
— 1 night
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
7
Estes Park
— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Denver Union Station and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Visiting Flatirons and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Denver vacation planning website.

Boston to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Boston in September, Denver is slightly colder at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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

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 and then see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then explore the galleries of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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 29th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg.

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Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with highs in Buena Vista at 73°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail. Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Cooper Corner Gallery in Glenwood Springs, about 56 minutes away. It doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Aspen day trip app.

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up 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
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake 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, identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument, and then contemplate the long history of Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fruita online trip maker.

Getting from Aspen to Fruita by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, Fruita is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of 67°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Long House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Fruita to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in October, expect little chillier with lows of 34°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Estes Park vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. October in Estes Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 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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