15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + bus:  6​h
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online visit planner .

Chicago to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in June; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach 66°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Adventure

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

3
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.
Chapel on the Rock and Wild Basin Area will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. Step out of Rocky Mountain National Park with an excursion to The Beach at Grand Lake in Grand Lake--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in June: highs in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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.
Visit Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Historic Georgetown (in Georgetown). Next up on the itinerary: listen to music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Coors Brewery, don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall, and explore the galleries of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In June in Denver, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Golden, River Rafting & Tubing, Historic Georgetown
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Get outdoors at Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City Historic District will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral.

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Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Old Colorado City Historic District ©

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 3rd (Wed), do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Canon City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Canon City are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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 4th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Buena Vista River Park, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. In July, Buena Vista is little chillier than Canon City - with highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Fri), make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Balcony House and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Mesa Verde National Park reach 90°F and lows reach 56°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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

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