15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Aspen
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Canon City
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Monroe Regional Airport

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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aspen route planning tool.

Monroe to Aspen is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Monroe, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, then relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista visit planning website.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Another option is to 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 drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

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Canon City

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Canon City trip maker site.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wineries

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Colorado City and McAllister House. There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

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You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Canon City in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 51°F. 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 · Nature

Side Trips

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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 25th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Long House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

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Denver

Mile-High City

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 Fossil Trace Golf Club and River Rafting & Tubing. Popular historic sites such as 16th Street Mall and Denver Union Station are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Denver, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and Hallett Peak. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and get great views at Farview Curve Overlook.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip tool.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.