15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Midland
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
6
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Midland

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 10th (Mon): get great views at Milner Pass. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Bear Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner.

Midland to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Midland in September, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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 (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Buena Vista Boulder Garden and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista road trip app .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 73°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get curious at Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Canon City trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in September, expect Canon City to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience ©
Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

3
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.
Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Canon City in September since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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 18th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Knife Edge Trail and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Evans and River Rafting & Tubing. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Union Station and 16th Street Mall. Take a break from Denver with a short trip to Summit Lake Park in Idaho Springs, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, indulge your taste buds at The Source, and stroll through Denver Zoo.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Denver online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, Denver is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Idaho Springs
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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