15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly + taxi:  6​h
1
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Atlanta

2
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and Gene Taylor Sports. Step out of Glenwood Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Aspen--about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs road trip app .

Atlanta to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Atlanta to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Atlanta in June: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aspen, Gene Taylor Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Park Point, make a trip to Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park visit app .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

3
nights
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.
Shop till you drop at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Mountain Blown Glass. Get outdoors at Photography Tours and Winter Park Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing & River Rafting & Tubing) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and browse for treasures at Fall River Jewelry, Coins & Antiques.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Estes Park, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Fort Collins, Winter Park Resort
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Fishing Charters & Tours. Head to 16th Street Mall and Pearl Street Mallfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Union Station, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, stop by Bags by Cab Yarn Shoppe, and see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City Historic District. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Pikes Peak. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and identify plant and animal life at Bear Creek Nature Center.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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