15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Monroe
Fly:  7​h
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
6
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Monroe

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.
On the 17th (Mon), hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planner.

Monroe to Aspen is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Monroe to Aspen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Monroe, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 21st (Fri), learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Canon City trip itinerary planning tool .

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, things will get a bit warmer in Canon City: highs are around 83°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Visit Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 51°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Long House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

3
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.
Visit Union Station and 16th Street Mall for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Fossil Trace Golf Club. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip builder .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Denver when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Fossil Trace Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and Hallett Peak. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the activities along Bear Lake, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In September in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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